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The Glasgow Arnold Clark Innovation Centre hosts event designed to help fleets go green

Guests were treated to presentations from industry experts and were able to test-drive some of the latest electric cars during the Greenfleet Net Zero Roadshow.

The Glasgow Arnold Clark Innovation Centre last week played host to a top event for fleets looking to go green.

The Greenfleet Net Zero Roadshow events are designed to help companies implement a clean fleet strategy.

Attendees on the day enjoyed presentations from industry experts, such as Transport Scotland and Glasgow City Council, and were able to test-drive some of the latest electric cars at the Innovation Centre.

Staff from Arnold Clark Vehicle Management were also on hand to help businesses towards a cleaner fleet.

With a growing range of fully electric and hybrid vehicles to choose from, there’s never been a better time for businesses to go electric.

Jim Blair, Operations Manager at Arnold Clark Vehicle Management, said: ‘It’s really encouraging to see the number of people who have attended the event.

‘It’s also great to see the focus turn to electric vans and see some momentum there. We’re here to help our customers make that transition to electric.

‘The Innovation Centre in Glasgow and the recently opened Innovation Centre in Stafford are both a great sign of intent from Arnold Clark. Everyone you speak to who has visited the Innovation Centre is always impressed, and that’s fantastic.

‘Awareness and education are so important, so it’s great to have these facilities where people can come and learn all about EVs.’

Meanwhile, Colin Boyton, Events Manager at Greenfleet, hailed the day as a huge success.

He said: ‘We've had a great turn-out. Last year, for the first time, during COP26, we brought the event to the Innovation Centre and it's a superb facility. It's absolutely perfect for us and the message that we're trying to get out there.

‘Everyone has to go down the electric route, whether you're a consumer or business, you can't ignore it. If you need help with your electrification strategy, then this is the perfect event.’

The Arnold Clark Innovation Centre opened last year on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End with the aim of educating visitors about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and why they are becoming so important.

There are more than 60 vehicles on site available to test-drive, from plug-in and self-charging hybrids to fully electric vehicles.

There are no sales at the site, which is specifically an innovation, information, and educational centre.

You can also learn about the different types of charging and generous government tax and grants available if you're thinking of moving to electric.

A second Innovation Centre also recently opened in Stafford, England.

Glasgow Innovation Centre manager Hazel Shields added: ‘It was great to host such a prestigious event and welcome visitors to the Innovation Centre.

‘We always aim to educate visitors about the changes happening in the automotive industry.

‘Visitors can ask our team of Innovation Centre geniuses any questions they might have if they’re thinking about switching to electric.

‘It’s also great to be able to offer visitors the chance to test-drive and try for themselves some of the latest alternatively fuelled vehicles on the market.’

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