Electric cars on show in Market Place

Some of the latest electric cars were on show this week in Bishop Auckland.

The Electric Vehicle Roadshow drove into town on Monday with a range of electric cars and bikes. Visitors were able to find out more about the vehicles and give the alternative transport options a go.

Plans to create charging points for electric vehicles in the county were also discussed by Durham County Council. The local authority has been awarded £250,000 funding from Innovate UK to launch the Scaling On Street Charging Infrastructure project.

“Transport is the only area of the County Durham energy economy where emissions are not declining, so it was great for people to get a hands-on experience and test drive electric cars and bikes,” said Cllr John Clare, Durham County Council Cabinet support member for economic regeneration

“As the opening of the Castle encouraged visitors to look back at County Durham’s rich past, the EV roadshow is steering us into the future.”

Information was also on show in Auckland Tower. The roadshow coincided with the re-opening of Auckland Castle following recent conservation work.

The roadshow marked the start of Green Great Britain Week and was a partnership between Durham County Council, Innovate UK, The Auckland Project, the SOSCI project and UK Government Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.