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Driving forward to make Durham green

Published October 11, 2018 11.46am

An electric vehicle roadshow is set to drive into Durham as the county launches a week of action celebrating green technology.

Electric car

A Durham County Council electric car

Businesses and consumers are invited to the free event, which will showcase the very latest in electric and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), in Durham Market Place on Monday 15 October from 10.00am to 4.00pm. 

The 'ULEV Extravaganza', which marks the launch of Green Great Britain Week, will display innovative technology from some of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers as well as promoting the financial, social and environmental benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Visitors will be able to discuss clean vehicle technology with experts, as well as owners and users of electric vehicles, and will have the opportunity to test drive an exciting range of cutting-edge vehicles from manufacturers including BMW, Nissan, Lexus and many more.

A free information event, with presentations from Durham County Council and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, will also take place in Durham's Town Hall from 10.00am to 12 noon. Places can be reserved on the Green GB week event registration web page.

As well as supporting sustainable transport, we have also put low carbon economic growth at the heart of our agenda, working with our schools, homes, public buildings and businesses to help cut energy costs, while developing renewable energy schemes from solar, mine water and hydropower. As a result, we have already reduced carbon emissions in the county by over 40 per cent since 2009, well ahead of our target date of 2020. 

Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "We now plan to focus in on zero emission vehicles and get behind the national commitment to take a world-leading stance and ensure that Britain's vehicle infrastructure goes for zero net emissions by 2040. We recognise that this will involve many challenges if we are to make ultra-low emission vehicles charging easily available to everyone, and we are excited to put Durham at the forefront of the ULEV revolution."

For more information about our work to reduce our carbon footprint and tackle climate change, visit the Sustainability and low carbon economy web page.

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