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EV drivers hit the ‘Electric Road to COP26’ to demand faster global action

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Representatives of electric vehicle drivers’ sssociations from a range of European countries will be heading to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow next month to support the call for much faster transport decarbonisation, globally fuelled by renewable energy.

EV drivers from 44 EV drivers’ associations will be calling for all new cars and light-duty vans sold in the 28 EU countries represented in the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance (GEVA) to have a plug by 2030 and to be fully zero-emission by 2035 at the latest. A rapid shift to zero-emission electric transport is currently being achieved in many countries and could be accelerated through supportive policies, the group says.

Transportation accounts for 24 per cent of direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion globally, of which road vehicles account for nearly 75 per cent, according to GEVA. The Alliance is calling for action now to shift from vehicles burning fossil fuels to vehicles running on clean, renewable electricity.

To take this message to COP26, EV drivers from Europe and the UK will be participating in the ‘Electric Road to COP26’, starting their journey in England by charging up with 100 per cent renewable electricity at the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt in Essex.

They will then be hosted by myenergi in Grimsby, where they will be able to see some of the latest EV charging and zero-carbon home energy solutions. The route will also take in the site where construction is currently starting on the Britishvolt EV battery gigafactory in Northumberland, before experiencing Scottish EV charging at Forth Valley College in Falkirk - finally ending their journey in Glasgow itself at the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre.

The EV drivers will then head to COP26 in Glasgow in order to support the call for much faster transport decarbonisation globally; to increase the public’s awareness of the benefits of EVs for the environment and health, reducing carbon emissions and helping to improve air quality, and to promote the voice of EV driver associations globally working with GEVA.

The 'Electric Road to COP26' is being organised by EVA England, EVA Scotland, GEVA and Local EV Groups (NEXUS). Octopus Electric Vehicles is providing EVs for driving opportunities at some of the locations on the route. Planet Mark’s Zero Carbon Tour Bus will join the Electric Road in Glasgow.

Joel Levin, who chairs GEVA, said: “A shift to electric transport is essential to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce dangerous climate change; improve local air quality and people’s health in cities around the world. With the rapid improvements in EV technology and the new cars and vans coming into the market, it is entirely achievable.”

Ade Adepitan MBE, EVA England honorary member added: “In my recent travels and when reporting on climate change, I’ve seen the growth of electric bikes, three-wheelers, cars, buses and vans around the world, and the opportunity to do much more. I call for COP26 to speed up the move to electric transport.”

Neil Swanson, director of EVA Scotland, said: “EVA Scotland looks forward to welcoming delegates and drivers to COP26, which presents a unique opportunity to increase the uptake of electric vehicles globally.”

Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England offers a voice for EV drivers in England. People can follow updates about the Electric Road to COP26 and share the message about the need for faster global transport decarbonisation via the EVA England website and on Twitter @EVAEOfficial.

EVA England was established in June 2020 to offer a voice, services and representation to current and prospective electric vehicle drivers in England. EVA England is a non-profit community interest company, founded by EV drivers inspired by the benefits of electric driving and concerned by the health and climate impacts of the use of petrol and diesel cars and vans.

The Global EV Alliance (GEVA) represents EV driver associations from the countries of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain (Catalonia), Croatia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

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