What is World EV Day all about?

GRIDSERVE is celebrating World EV day with a three-day electric extravaganza of test drives, talks, and competitions at its Electric Forecourt® in Braintree, Essex.

There’s a real buzz around electric cars at the moment. If you’ve been paying attention to the EV space, you may have heard about World EV Day on 9th September, a relatively new but important annual event that marks a global celebration of electric vehicles and EV ownership. To say we’re passionate about EVs is a bit of an understatement. We could talk about them all day. In fact, we’ve got so much to say and show you, we decided to stretch out the celebrations! Later this week, our Electric Forecourt in Braintree will play host to free EV test drives running from 9–11th September. Simply show up, sign up and drive an EV of your choice.

Our EV gurus will also be hosting a series of talks and workshops on Saturday, 11th September, for anybody keen to learn more about making the switch. And we have a dedicated children’s zone, coffee shop, and exercise bikes to keep other members of the family entertained.

Yet the best news is that anybody who visits the Braintree Electric Forecourt this week will have the chance to win an Audi Q4 e-tron for a year, or a year’s worth of charging on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway. What are you waiting for?

Take a FREE test drive this week and become an Enterprise Car Club member

The stylish interior of the Nissan Leaf, one of the EVs you can test drive at Braintree Electric Forecourt®

EVs are notoriously good fun to drive due to their low centre of gravity and instant acceleration. Thanks to Enterprise Car Club, we have a fantastic selection of electric cars for you to hop into and fall in love with from 9th –11th September, including the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Nissan LEAF. And if you do sign up for a test drive this week, Enterprise will also gift you a FREE year of membership to the Enterprise Car Club (worth £60) and give you £10 free credit.

“By far the biggest appeal of EVs is how they drive,” says Robert Buckland, GRIDSERVE’s Director of Electric Vehicle Solutions. “We tend to find that once somebody takes a test drive, they very rarely look back!” They’re also surprisingly cheap to run, with many vehicles available to lease costing less than a coffee per day. Sign up for a test drive here

EV excited? Time to get clued up at our EV Awareness Day

Braintree’s Electric ForecourtⓇ will be buzzing with exciting workshops and presentations throughout Saturday.

We know that making the switch can be a little bit daunting for some, which is why we’re encouraging the good people of Essex and beyond to come down and have all your EV questions answered at our EV Awareness Day on Saturday, 11th September.

Whether you’re a small business owner, a local resident, or just a little bit EV curious, there’s bound to be something that speaks to you.

Co-sponsored by Innovate UK, Community Energy South and Essex County Council, our EV Awareness Day will feature a series of talks from our EV gurus, from choosing your first electric car to how to charge along the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway.

We’ll also have special talks from Community Energy South’s Michael Beaven, who will be showcasing some of the latest community-led renewable energy projects happening in the area, while MP for Braintree James Cleverly will be taking part in a tree-planting ceremony to lock in even more carbon! Stay in touch on our social channels for updates on what’s happening throughout the day and see the schedule below:

EV Awareness Day schedule

During the day, there will be many different sessions at our Braintree Electric Forecourtso please pop down with the family, enjoy a presentation, grab a coffee or ask our EV gurus anything.

Morning sessions

10:00 Welcome and a brief history of the Electric Forecourt

10:15 How to choose your first EV

10:30 Community energy and the potential in Essex by Community Energy South

10:45 How to test drive an electric car

11:00 How to charge an electric car [LIVE demonstration on the Electric Forecourt]

11:30 How can community energy work – A Case Study on Overton by Community Energy South

11:50 Would I lie to you? Myth-busting with GRIDSERVE’s EV gurus

Afternoon sessions

12:15 What is the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway?

12:30 Company Cars – is it time to electrify your fleet?

13:00 How to charge an electric car [LIVE demonstration on the Electric Forecourt]

13:30 Tree-planting ceremony with Cllr Peter Schweir and James Cleverley MP for Braintree

14:00 Welcome and a brief history of the Electric Forecourt

14:15 How to choose your first EV

14:30 Community energy and the potential in Essex by Community Energy South

14:45 How to test drive an electric car

15:00 How to charge an electric car [LIVE demonstration on the Electric Forecourt]

15:30 How can community energy work – Case Study Overton by Community Energy South

15:50 Would I lie to you? Myth-busting with GRIDSERVE’s EV gurus

16:15 What is the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway?

16:30 Company Cars – is it time to electrify your fleet?

17:00 How to charge an electric car? [LIVE demonstration on the Electric Forecourt]

Get your hands on a fully electric Audi Q4 e-tron for a year

We’re giving away an Audi Q4 e-tron for a year.

We’re on a mission to make driving electric fun and easy for everyone, which is why we’re offering you the chance to win a year-long lease on Audi’s future-facing, fully electric SUV. Simply come along on the day and sign up.

The Q4 e-tron has everything you expect from an Audi, but with zero tailpipe emissions. With a fantastic range of up to 252 miles, and an impressive 0-62 mph acceleration in just 5.7 seconds, it’s tipped to be one of the brand’s top sellers this year, and with good reason.

Fancy winning a year’s worth of free charging?

Win free charging on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway for a full 12 months.

The Audi Q4 e-tron is a great prize, but there’s more! If you enter, you might be one of five people who’ll receive a year’s worth of charging on the nationwide GRIDSERVE Electric Highway! Our winners will be chosen at random on December 1, 2021 and will be notified by email or phone.

At GRIDSERVE, every day is EV day

We’re pretty obsessed with making the move to electric motoring easy and exciting for everyone, which is why we’ve recently launched GRIDSERVE Electric Vehicle Solutions.
This means that you can speak to an expert from our leasing team at any time before, during or after our World EV Day event. They’re on-hand to walk you through all the best EV leasing deals we’ve curated, so that you can select your electric vehicle with confidence. And for every vehicle that we lease, we’ll go a little bit further and plant 100 trees.
There’s really never been a better time to make the switch to electric. Come down and see for yourself – and if you want to book a test drive, visit our website here.