AA Trust launches Drive Electric

Free electric car driving course, launched at Electric Vehicle Experience Centre

One third of drivers (32%) say they want to start learning to drive again – but drive in an electric car, according at an AA-Populus survey of 16,239 drivers.

The AA Trust has launched the first ever Drive Electric course, free of charge and specifically geared to those who want to get the best out of driving electric vehicles (EVs).

The announcement was made by Edmund King OBE, Chairman of the AA Trust at the launch of the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC) in Milton Keynes on 20 July 2017.

Drivers were asked: To what extent would you be interested in a free one-hour electric vehicle driving lesson – aimed to show you how to get the best out if an EV – in your local area?

  • Overall 32% were interested (16% extremely interested)
  • 35% of younger drivers (18-24, 25-34) were interested compared with 31% of older drivers (65+)
  • Drivers in London were the most interested (35%)
  • Drivers in the North East were the least interested (26%)

AA Driving School and Drive Tech trainers have developed the Drive Electric experience in conjunction with Chargemaster, the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

It will be piloted in the Milton Keynes area with a view to be rolled out nationally.

Edmund King, AA Trust Chairman, said:

“We are approaching a tipping point as more and better electric cars come on stream.

“We want to help drivers understand this exciting new technology at the EV Experience Centre but we also want to help them get the most out of their electric cars.

Drive Electric sessions, conducted by AA instructors, can either be carried out in the driver’s own electric car, or in one of the EV Experience Centre’s test drive fleet. The EV Experience and Drive Electric experiences will really put Milton Keynes on the map as the most go-to EV City in the World.”

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