If you want to know who the leaders are in electric vehicles and clean energy, they could all be found at Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged OUTSIDE. There was so much going on during the event on the 3rd, 4th & 5th September 2021 at Farnborough International – with a huge number of panel sessions in two theatres, exhibitions and EV test drives – not to mention a massive amount of networking – we’ve put together a user-friendly summary so you’re not overwhelmed by it all.
Of course the highlights of Fully Charged OUTSIDE were the Fully Charged presenters: Robert Llewellyn, Maddie Moate, Jack Scarlett, Helen Czerski and Andy Torbet. The Fully Charged team were highly entertaining, fun (and friendly) hosts for a ridiculous number of panel sessions in the two theatres on subjects ranging from ‘Choose your weapons to tackle climate change’ to ‘Choosing your first electric vehicle’, the latter with Green Car Guide’s Editor Paul Clarke. But what was the subject matter of the most popular theatre session? Boilers. Yes, really. There was standing room only in the Giga Theatre for ‘Beyond the Boiler: the future of heating & hot water’, which was hosted by a new presenter: Dan Caesar, who is usually too busy to present due to running a certain YouTube channel called Fully Charged.
As well as the theatre sessions focused on consumers looking to buy electric cars and clean energy solutions, radio presenter and EV advocate Mark Goodier hosted a Business Day on the Friday, for fleets looking to make the transition to electric, supported by EV leasing specialist DriveElectric, with inspiring keynote presentations from Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, and Patrick Bion, VP of Van at Arrival.
Visitors to Fully Charged OUTSIDE were also able to enter a competition to win an all-electric Kia e-Niro for a year, courtesy of DriveElectric. On Sunday afternoon DriveElectric’s Mike Potter announced the name of the winner, who had attended on the Friday, so Andy Torbet helped out by standing in for the winner on stage…
Buying an EV is one thing, but there are also other elements such as charging and home energy. Luckily for Fully Charged OUTSIDE visitors, on hand to help with advice about issues beyond the EV itself were many exhibitors – too many to mention – so here’s a quick selection of some of the organisations…
EVA England is a membership organisation supporting existing, new and prospective EV drivers, aspiring to make England a better place for EV drivers and to accelerate the transition to an electric England.
ONTO offers all-inclusive electric car subscriptions with just a 1-month commitment, and you can decide monthly whether you want to continue, swap or stop.
GRIDSERVE has built its first ultra-rapid Electric Forecourt in Braintree, Essex, but perhaps of more importance for the majority of EV drivers is the fact that GRIDSERVE has taken over Ecotricity’s Electric Highway, with the result that drivers can pull into motorway service stations nationwide and have the confidence that they’ll be able to get a rapid charge more easily.
myenergi offers home chargepoints that are ideal for EV drivers with solar panels (and for everyone else), and the myenergi app gives full access to eco-home products including the Zappi EV charger, Eddi power diverter, grid input/export, PV generation and battery storage information.
Rightcharge is a website that allows you to compare electric car charge points and energy tariffs for your home; by charging smarter you could save over £200 a year.
Octopus Energy offers a range of energy tariffs for EV drivers; all tariffs feature 100% renewable electricity.
To accelerate the transition to mass EV ownership, along with the resulting benefits of cleaner air, we need to get as many people driving electric cars as possible, which is exactly what Fully Charged OUTSIDE did by offering the chance to test drive a wide range of the latest EVs in one place.
The latest electric cars were also on display at Fully Charged OUTSIDE, with highlights such as:
The all-new Nissan Ariya electric crossover, with up to 310 miles of range, was seen in the UK for the first time at Fully Charged OUTSIDE.
It was also one of the first opportunities in the UK to see the new all-wheel drive Tesla Model Y SUV, with a range of up to 314 miles.
The striking Hyundai IONIQ 5 is either rear or all-wheel drive, and has a driving range of up to 298 miles. Read the IONIQ 5 review.
The Kia EV6 has a range of up to 328 miles and 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, a range up to 379 miles, 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, and from £41,330. Our full Ford Mustang Mach-E review is coming very soon!
The Polestar 2 has up to 335 miles of range, up to 408hp, and is available from £39,900. Read the Polestar 2 review.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is rear-wheel drive – or all-wheel drive in the case of the new Volkswagen ID.4 GTX – with up to 322 miles of range and lots of space. Read the Volkswagen ID.4 review.
Two battery versions of the Fiat 500 Electric are available, 24kW and 42kW, with up to 199 miles of range. Read the Fiat 500 Electric Review.
The Mazda MX-30 takes a different approach to most electric cars, focusing on lighter weight, which means a smaller battery, and so a shorter driving range – but a better driving experience. Read the Mazda MX-30 review.
The MG5 EV now offers up to 250 miles of range, up to 1,456 litres of boot space, just from £25,095. Read the MG5 EV review.
Electric cars are important, but electric commercial vehicles have the opportunity to make a huge difference to local air quality in our towns and cities. Fully Charged OUTSIDE had a commercial vehicle zone including the following…
Fully Charged OUTSIDE was one of the first opportunities to see the Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle created specifically for city centre freight distribution – available soon…
Another commercial vehicle not seen widely in public so far, the Arrival Van has a 3.5 – 4.25 tonne gross vehicle weight rating, 2100kg maximum payload, up to 217 miles range, manufactured in the Arrival Microfactory – it will be on our roads in the near future…
The all-new Ford E-Transit has a range of up to 196 miles and is available in two height and three length variations, offering up to 15.1 cubic metres of cargo space.
The Mercedes-Benz EQV people mover has a 213 mile range and a 45 minutes charging time (DC) from 10 to 80% at a rapid charging station with up to 110 kW.
The Fiat E-Ducato has two battery configurations: 47kWh for a range of 142 miles, or 79kWh for 223 miles.
The Maxus eDELIVER 3 has a 213 mile range, a 945kg maximum payload excluding passengers, and prices from £30,000 excluding VAT.
The Maxus eDELIVER 9 has a 219 mile range and a 1290kg maximum payload excluding passengers.
The Morris JE is an all-new electric van that draws inspiration from the iconic Morris J-Type of the 1950s. It utilises lightweight carbon-fibre body construction to achieve a 200-mile range (WLTP).
After 2030 you won’t be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car, but what about old classic cars? No need to worry, there were a number of companies at Fully Charged OUTSIDE which can convert your old classic, with some highly desirable electric Land Rovers, BMWs and Jaguar E-Types on display.
Fully Charged OUTSIDE is the most fun electric car and clean energy event that you can visit, with a very engaged (and sociable) audience. If you missed Fully Charged OUTSIDE 2021 then there’s good news – the dates of Fully Charged 2022 have been announced: 29 April, 30 April, 1 May 22 – at Farnborough again. See you there!