ABB demonstrated one of its Terra Smart Connect (SC) fast chargers at Truro’s first ever electric car rally on Sunday 17th March.

The electric car rally, which started at Truro before following a 26 mile course to St. Austell, was held to mark the recent announcement that up to 75 percent of the cost of installing charging points for electric vehicles in both homes and public places will soon be covered by government grants. Around 25 vehicles met in Truro for the largest ever gathering of eco-friendly cars in the county.

ABB was present at the start of the rally to show electric vehicle drivers the advantages of fast chargers. The ABB Terra SC is an effective direct current DC charging station specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas. It can charge an electric car from 30 percent to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes. Popular electric vehicles such as the Peugeot iON and the Nissan Leaf can all use the ABB Terra SC.

The event was organised by EcoDrive, an organisation that promotes sustainable driving and Hawkins Motors, which sells several brands of electric vehicle through its dealerships in the area.  Johnny Hawkins, director of Hawkins Motors, said: “Electric motoring is here and it’s here to stay, proving to customers that it’s not just about being eco-friendly, there are huge savings to be made for Cornish families.”

The rally preceded the South West EV summit which takes place in the county this week.