Jun 6, 2019 - 4min read
The greatest renewable tech festival is fast approaching - Fully Charged Live (FCL) takes place from 7th - 9th June at Silverstone. Last year was pretty epic, so we’re excited to be attending the event again this year. A lot has happened at Tonik since last year’s event, so we’ve got a lot to talk about! And who better to talk to about it all, than our Chief Product Officer, Steve Springett. We sat down with Steve to find out everything there is to know about FCL and why Tonik is taking part.
Fully Charged is an incredibly successful YouTube channel for lovers of electric vehicles including cars, bikes, boats and planes. It also looks at how we generate and even own the electricity to power these incredible machines. The show was started by Robert Llewellyn (of Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge fame) and, along with his team of equally enthusiastic sustainability and driving experts, it’s grown a following of millions around the world. Spawned out of the success of the show, FCL is a three-day extravaganza in celebration of all things electric.
Lots. You will be able to check out, and even test drive, a whole range of EVs from the Jaguar I-Pace and the Kia e-Nero, to the Tesla Model 3. In addition, there are over 100 clean-tech companies exhibiting (including us of course!) and 30 talks with experts in the EV and renewable energy industry. And on top of that this year there will be live music too - which makes sense, as the event felt much more like a festival than an exhibition last year!
Given our partnership with British Formula E driver Alexander Sims, we'll be giving visitors the chance to race the Silverstone track on our electric racing simulators - a pretty cool opportunity given we're literally next door to the track! Alongside that, we'll be showcasing our latest solar, battery, and EV technology offerings in the main exhibition hall, on stand A36. And if that wasn’t enough we've got a Gin and... you guessed it...Tonik bar in the Paddocks - so fingers crossed we get the same weather we did last year.
Our innovation lead, Will Vooght, will be in discussion with Robert Lewellyn about the ways we can electrify our life on Friday at 12:00 and Alexander Sims will be taking part in a panel discussion titled ‘Can EVs Compete?’ at 12.30 on Sunday.
We also have representatives from Wildlife Works, the carbon offsetting scheme that we use on our greenest tariffs, in attendance and if you buy a “Kasigau Cooler” from our G&T bar in the paddock, we’ll make a donation on your behalf towards the Wildlife Works’ effort to conserve the richly biodiverse Kasigau Corridor in Kenya.
I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to challenging Alexander Sims to a race in the BMW simulators on Sunday. Having just been over to Berlin for the recent Formula E race, I’m hoping some of the skill on show there has rubbed off on me and I’ll put him through his paces! Wishful thinking perhaps...
Don’t panic! We’ll be putting together a series of blogs and videos summarising what we got up to over the weekend, so look out for them shortly after the event. Equally, just as good as Fully Charged Live is the New York E-Prix - the end of season Formula E double-header for which we’re giving away tickets, carbon-offset flights, and hotels for you and a friend. The closing date is June 13th, so head to www.tonikenergy.com/nyc before it’s too late!
Attending Fully Charged Live with Tonik Energy will be a great opportunity to meet with like-minded people who are passionate about sustainability and electric mobility, while providing a fantastic platform to showcase the latest innovations and discuss the importance of EVs with those interested in finding out more.
My interest in sustainability goes beyond racing and cars, and I’m building a home that is incorporating clean technology. I’m particularly looking forward to speaking with others interested in these green energy solutions on the Tonik Energy stand, as well as taking part in the event’s panel discussion on ‘Can EVs compete?’
Come and find us at Stand A36, Hall 2 or in the paddock drinking Gin and Toniks.