First Cambridge Goes Electric event due

PUBLISHED: 15:13 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 23 June 2018

Electric Bike Shop director Eddie Kehoe outside the firm's Newmarket Road premises. Picture: Keith Heppell

Electric Bike Shop director Eddie Kehoe outside the firm's Newmarket Road premises. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Parker’s Piece event for electric transport due on June 29 and 30

Richard South and Connor Smith from the Electric Bike Shop in Cambridge at the erecent Motorshow East at Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. The bike is an electric version of the iconic Raleigh Chopper. Picture: Keith HeppellRichard South and Connor Smith from the Electric Bike Shop in Cambridge at the erecent Motorshow East at Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. The bike is an electric version of the iconic Raleigh Chopper. Picture: Keith Heppell

The inaugural Cambridge Goes Electric event is taking place on Parker’s Piece on June 29 and 30.

Organised by Newmarket Road-based retailer Electric Bike Sales, the event is designed to encourage commuters and road users to start thinking about electric transport options on two and four wheels.

“The focus will be on electric transport so that means electric bikes, but Tesla will also be at the event,” said Electric Bike Sales director Eddie Kehoe. “We’re also bringing along two of the most prestigious e-bike brands, Hi-Bike and Riese & Müller, and Raleigh.”

The free event starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm on each day. Most of the bikes will be available to test drive.

Taxi charging points now installed at the Adam and Eve Street car park. Picture: Keith HeppellTaxi charging points now installed at the Adam and Eve Street car park. Picture: Keith Heppell

“I hope we can make a difference,” says Eddie. “If we can get more people out of cars and on to bikes that would be a dream come true.

“Cyling round Cambridge on an e-bike is just so incredible. Having all this metal being driven around in the city makes no sense.

“Commuter bikes is where we can make the biggest change,” concludes Eddie. “It’s enjoyable, safe, convenient and cheaper than ever.”

The news comes at the same time as the unveiling of two new rapid electric vehicle charging points for taxis installed in the city centre.

Adam and Eve Street car park has two charging points for taxis to use. Picture: Keith HeppellAdam and Eve Street car park has two charging points for taxis to use. Picture: Keith Heppell

The chargers in Adam and Eve car park give an 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes.

Six further chargers are also due in Castle Hill car park, Arbury Court car park and an on-street location in Newmarket Road by the end of September.

The city council is encouraging electric taxis as part of its air quality action plan, which will reduce diesel emissions from taxi firms in the city.

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