A team from Vanarama is taking part in the first EV Rally Of Scotland (EVROS), an 1200-mile course designed to showcase the capability of modern electric cars, as well as highlighting Scottish EV charging infrastructure. Setting off from Glasgow on Monday 8 November, the 5-day event will see EVs from a variety of manufacturers pass through iconic Scottish locations, including Ben Nevis, John O’Groats and Loch Ness.
British Touring Car driver Nicolas Hamilton will be at the starting line to kick off the event, and adventurer Chris Ramsey, an EV advocate who was the first person to drive the Mongol Rally in an EV, will take part. As will, of course, a team from Vanarama. We’ll compete with 5 cars of varying shapes, sizes and battery ranges: a Polestar 2, a Citroen E-C4, a Vauxhall Mokka-E), a DS 3 E-Tense and a Peugeot E-208.
Vanarama video reviewer Mark Nichol and Head of Sponsorship & Social Media Daryl West will take on the entire course in the Polestar, while Web Editor Matt Robinson and Senior Videographer Toby Sullivan will swap between the remaining cars from day to day.
The event is timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which is currently being held in Glasgow and has gathered the world’s leaders to agree action on tackling climate change. According to EVROS organisers, the aim of the rally is “to prove that EV use across Scotland, and the rest of the UK, is not just for the odd occasion. It can be a daily occurrence, the norm”.
The 1200-mile route has 30 checkpoints, but drivers will have to plan their journeys in the same way any EV driver would, using apps and in-car software to locate the right chargers at the right times. No overnight charging is allowed for the entirety of the event.
Team Vanarama will be documenting the whole thing with content across its media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. We’ll be doing regular video updates as well as writing a blog at Vanarama.com. We’ll address all the main questions that people have around EV ownership, including charging times and availability, cold weather performance and range, costs, and performance.
“Vanarama prides itself on being at the forefront of driving the automotive industry forward and as such has invested heavily in its electric vehicle offering over the past few years,” said Daryl West. “Partnering with EVROS is the next step in Vanarama’s strategy to demonstrate its commitment to where the industry needs to get to, but more importantly fulfilling the needs of its growing customer base. We see EVROS as the perfect opportunity to display Scotland’s advancement in electric mobility and the huge effort that it’s making to improve the infrastructure.”