Europe’s first EV course launches in MK

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

This 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.

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, 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 be really put Milton Keynes on the map as the most go-to EV City in the World.’

This follows an AA Populus story, which found one third of drivers (32%) want to start learning to drive again – but drive in an electric car.

The poll found that 32% of people were interested in the driving lesson, of which 33% were male and 30% were female.  Young drivers (18-24, 25-44) had shown a slightly higher interest than older drivers at 35%, with those over the age of 65 showing an interest of 31%.  Drivers in London were the most interested (35%) closely followed by those in west Midlands and south west (34%). Those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also showed high levels of interest.  With respect to social class, ABs were more interested than DE’s, demonstrating a comparison of 34% to 27%.