Truro start point for first ever Cornish electric car rally

This is The West Country: The Peugeot Ion will be one of the electric cars on show The Peugeot Ion will be one of the electric cars on show

Truro is set to play host to its first ever electric car rally in celebration of recent government announcements in support of low-carbon motoring.

Cornish car dealer Hawkins Motors are running the event, on Sunday March 17, which starts from Lemon Quay in the city.

More than 25 vehicles will meet here from 10am for the largest gathering of eco-friendly cars ever witnessed in the county before setting off along the 26-mile course to St Austell at 1pm.

The cars will pass Trelissick Gardens, catch the King Harry Ferry and carry on to The Cornwall Hotel in Tregorrick (St Austell).

The event celebrates the recent announcement that up to 75 per cent of the cost of installing charging points for electric vehicles in garages and driveways will soon be covered by government grants.

Johnny Hawkins, director of Hawkins Motors, said: "Electric motoring is here and it’s here to stay, proving to customers that it’s not just about being eco-friendly, there are huge savings to be made for Cornish families.

“We are on the cusp of an electrical revolution. With low emissions and the ability to travel up to 90 miles for £1.90, electric vehicles could be the perfect fit for our conscience and our wallets.

“We’re inviting everyone along to witness this one-off event - come and be a part of the future!”

Supported by Ecodrive, a leading UK independent advisors on electric vehicle infrastructure, the Electric Car Rally is set to be a real occasion for Cornwall.

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5:09pm Sun 3 Mar 13

JeremyBadger says...

A whole 26miles WOW!
Electric Car Rally is set to be a real non-event for Cornwall, but plenty of free publicity for Mr Hawkins' company!
A whole 26miles WOW! Electric Car Rally is set to be a real non-event for Cornwall, but plenty of free publicity for Mr Hawkins' company! JeremyBadger
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6:01pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If I was going to travel around in something small and electric that obviously wouldn't be any good on the motorways or long distance, then I might as well buy one of those wheelie buggy things that some senior citizens use. At least with one of those it would be easier to get off and push it when it ran out of charge, not only that, I could drive straight into the shop with it instead of looking for somewhere to park.
If I was going to travel around in something small and electric that obviously wouldn't be any good on the motorways or long distance, then I might as well buy one of those wheelie buggy things that some senior citizens use. At least with one of those it would be easier to get off and push it when it ran out of charge, not only that, I could drive straight into the shop with it instead of looking for somewhere to park. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:15am Mon 4 Mar 13

titanium says...

There is far more pollution produced in the making of an electric car than a conventional car.
It's a big con, and anyone paying £25000 for one has more money than sense !.

I would say hydrogen power is the way to go.
There is far more pollution produced in the making of an electric car than a conventional car. It's a big con, and anyone paying £25000 for one has more money than sense !. I would say hydrogen power is the way to go. titanium
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4:54pm Mon 4 Mar 13

hawkins motors says...

Here at Hawkins Motors we appreciate others points of view. We are now in our 80th year of serving the Cornish motorist and over this time we have seen many advances in Transport Technology. It wasn't that long ago that Diesel engines were unheard of in family cars. With our experience over the last couple of years and 70 Electric Vehicles sold in the local area, many of our customers are now experiencing cheaper motoring. At a price of £12,999 for a brand new Electric Car and a cost of £1.90 for a full charge to cover 80 miles, we believe that Electric Motoring will be big part of our future. Our Electric Car Rally is a celebration of this achievement.
Here at Hawkins Motors we appreciate others points of view. We are now in our 80th year of serving the Cornish motorist and over this time we have seen many advances in Transport Technology. It wasn't that long ago that Diesel engines were unheard of in family cars. With our experience over the last couple of years and 70 Electric Vehicles sold in the local area, many of our customers are now experiencing cheaper motoring. At a price of £12,999 for a brand new Electric Car and a cost of £1.90 for a full charge to cover 80 miles, we believe that Electric Motoring will be big part of our future. Our Electric Car Rally is a celebration of this achievement. hawkins motors
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5:34am Tue 5 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Fair enough, they may be ideal for local use but for someone who travels approximately 20,000 miles a year and does long distance journeys on motorways where there are no charging points an electric car would be of little use to me. Additionally, if I owned one, how would I charge it up at home when my property is not situated on the roadside and has no vehicular access to the property. One can hardly use an extension lead across public land.
Fair enough, they may be ideal for local use but for someone who travels approximately 20,000 miles a year and does long distance journeys on motorways where there are no charging points an electric car would be of little use to me. Additionally, if I owned one, how would I charge it up at home when my property is not situated on the roadside and has no vehicular access to the property. One can hardly use an extension lead across public land. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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5:41am Tue 5 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I would be interested to know what the governments stance is on electric cars, because hypothetically if everyone eventually converted (assuming charging points were installed all over the country) the government would lose millions of pounds in fuel tax. It would probably result in mass redundancies as well.
I would be interested to know what the governments stance is on electric cars, because hypothetically if everyone eventually converted (assuming charging points were installed all over the country) the government would lose millions of pounds in fuel tax. It would probably result in mass redundancies as well. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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