College Supercharges EV switch

Robert Llewellyn

A new, live car show designed to energise Cornwall’s switch to electric vehicle technology has seen tickets go so fast, it has had to expand capacity.

Taking place at Truro College on October 3, ‘Supercharged Cornwall’ has been driven by the team at the College’s Future Skills Institute, in association with Hawkins Motor Group.

The free-to-attend event will be hosted by TV’s Robert Llewellyn, star of Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge. First allocation tickets have been snapped up by trade representatives from across the south west and now Cornwall residents have the opportunity to get the last remaining tickets here.

Supercharged Cornwall will explore Cornwall’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution and the future skills needed to support a successful transition to EV technology.

The college’s £7.3 million Valency building and new state-of-the-art EV Labs will host an exhibition of emerging technologies accompanied by a giant Scalextric, live DJ, food and refreshments to keep guests entertained along with opportunities to book test drives of some of the latest EV models.

A live chat show featuring a panel of experts from Cornwall’s electric vehicle manufacture, infrastructure and education sectors will ask that all important question: ‘Will Cornwall be ready for the electric vehicle revolution in 2030?’

Actor, presenter, comedian and writer, Robert Llewellyn, best known for his roles as Kryten in TV sit-com Red Dwarf, presenter of engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge and more recently the Fully Charged Show, will host Supercharged Cornwall, encouraging audience participation while drawing on the expert knowledge of the panel.

The event forms part of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Planet C month, pulling together a series of events that focus on climate and social action in partnership with Green Works and sponsored by Don’t Cry Wolf.

Tom Moran, future skills and business partnership manager at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The college is extremely excited with its plans for Supercharged Cornwall and to support Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Planet C initiative.

“Supercharged Cornwall promises to be a showcase of Cornwall’s electric vehicle revolution, drawing on the expertise of our partners in electric vehicle manufacture and Infrastructure to explore the work that needs to be addressed ahead of 2030 and how the College’s Future Skills Institute is spearheading the evolution of skills training for the benefit of Cornwall, local people and the future of our economy.”