GREENFLEET Events are renowned for delivering ‘Quality’… Quality content, that enables fleet professionals to engage with industry experts that can assist them in the transition to an ultra-low emission transport operation… Quality delegates that are responsible for making key decisions… Quality engagement for ‘Host Authorities’, enabling them to reach out to their business communities and take them on an ‘ultra-low emission mission’ in the battle against poor air quality!
But we don’t expect you to just take our word for it… Here’s what host cities and delegates have had to say about their own experiences of a GREENFLEET Event:
Since 2014, GREENFLEET has been commissioned by numerous regional and local authorities to stage events for them, that assist them in stimulating uptake of electric, plug-in and gas-powered vehicles, charging infrastructure and more, in the drive towards improving air quality.
London (3 times), Bristol (2 times), Manchester (2 times), Liverpool, York, Nottingham, Derby, Leeds, Southampton, Dundee, Glasgow, Reading, Durham, Cardiff and Warwickshire have all “Hosted” a GREENFLEET (and in some cases EVOLUTION) event, and below are just a few examples of the feedback we have been given, by the Hosts themselves, and event visitors:
HOST CITY TESTIMONIALS
“After being awarded European Green Capital City status in 2015, Bristol City Council had a remit to educate businesses and residents from across the city and surrounding region on ‘all things green’. One of the areas we were keen to stimulate was the uptake of electric vehicles and we engaged the GreenFleet team to help us kick-start this by staging an event. Following a successful 2 days, we repeated the event this year after securing Go Ultra Low City funding, and again the 2 days were a resounding success. Both events have been very instrumental in the up-take of these vehicles in and around the city”.
Ben Robinson, Bristol City Council, June & May 2016
"I wanted to thank you and the team for a successful event!! I do not underestimate the vast amount of work that goes into the background with getting these events together but I was really impressed with the organisation. Shame about the traffic this morning but it was good to see the event get back on track and see everyone stay through to the end.
It was certainly interesting as a City Council to hear from such a wide-ranging audience talk about some of the barriers to ULEV take up that we knew and many more that were new concerns that we can take stock of as we embark on our Go Ultra Low City journey.
I had a quick look on Twitter and saw some of the coverage so thank you for that. Please pass on my thanks to Quentin also. He was a really good host and got behind what Nottingham are trying to do. We had some really lovely feedback from him which was really kind of him to say."
Rasista Chudasama, Principal Transport Planner & Bid Manager, Nottingham City Council, June 2016
"Please pass on our sincere thanks to the rest of your team, on our behalf. There’d been a lot of good feedback from delegates, post-event, and we will ensure to follow up on all of the enquiries we have had, moving forward."
Delia Bower, Partnership & Business Engagement Officer, Derby City Council
"Thank you so much for bringing the GreenFleet event to York yesterday. I was really impressed with the way this went and thought the production was very smooth and professionally managed. The feedback I received from the delegates is excellent and I thought Quentin Willson was superb at engaging everyone and keeping the conversations going.
Thank you all again for organising this, I hope this can be the first of many. By coincidence, we have just put in a funding bid which we should hear the results of in around 5 weeks. The funding is for the next 3 financial years. If we are successful in this, I would be really keen to give more financial support to the event and see how we can make it grow. A public event would really add to this as we have discussed previously. We have the makings of an annual event here. Perhaps we could pick up in December and discuss then?"
Derek McCreadie, i-Travel Programme Manager, City of York Council
EVENT DELEGATE TESTIMONIALS
“Thank you for inviting me to the event yesterday, we found it very interesting and useful. During our session with Quentin Wilson and Nottingham City Council we raised some of the issues we have at Experian and the guys from the Council offered to engage with us at a later date. I am now in the process of following up with them, to take this on to the next stage."
Brian Hill, Experian
“Just wanted to say that both my colleagues and I found yesterday’s event very worthwhile. It was great to be able to network and share ideas, to test drive all the different vehicles in one day, and to meet Quentin Willson. Thanks for inviting us, we learned a lot that we can implement, going forward, and please contact us in the future for other events”.
Vale of Glamorgan Council
“An excellent and well organised event that is a must for fleet operators”
Steve Parry, Leeds City Council
“Very well organised event with relevant & insightful content. Thanks for allowing me to come along, I have now got all the information I need to take plans forward internally.”
Ryan Mills, Guinness
“Well Structured Event I enjoyed the mix of presentation with the ability to try the Vehicles and technology.”
Dave Taylor, Leeds NHS Teaching Hospital
These are but a few examples of the positive feedback we have had over the past 5 years, and all form part of a structured post-event survey we conduct after every event. The results of these surveys are all passed on to the “Host Authority” to use for follow-on purposes, as well as showcasing internally, as proof of ROI, etc.
In 2018, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), commissioned us to assist them in delivering an EV Roadshow to British cities, as part of the inaugural GREEN GB WEEK. We successfully put together, managed and delivered events in 4 cities, in 5 days… showcasing EV technology to businesses and consumers in Durham, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Bristol.
All proved hugely popular and the whole Roadshow was a resounding success. We are now preparing for the 2019 spectacle, with more details coming soon. So, if you would like your city to be considered as part of the Official EV Roadshow, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
In the meantime, here’s what the 2018 Host Cities had to say:
DURHAM: Monday 15th October
Day 1 saw more than 60 fleet managers, collectively responsible for more than 189,800 vehicles between them, join Durham County Council in the Town Hall.
“I can sum it up very simply be saying that you were ABSOLUTELY BRILIANT!! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever worked with such a professional team – every angle was covered; there was always someone on hand to answer any queries, both during the preceding weeks and on the day. You had all the details and logistics fully worked out and the event went without a hitch. It was a massive success – the council is still buzzing and we are taking forward lots of action as a result – in fact you have kick started a massive EV revolution in Durham. I’d already been told that you were really good, by Kim at NECA, who had worked with you the year before and advised me that we would have no problems and that it would all go smoothly – she was absolutely right."
Maggie Bosanquet - Low Carbon Economy Team Leader
NOTTINGHAM: Tuesday 16th October
Day 2 saw us move south to Old market Square in Nottingham, where fleet managers in control of more than 154,000 vehicles between them, joined Nottingham City Council in the Council House.
"I wanted to thank you all for helping make the Green GB event a great success yesterday.
We had a lot of attention from the press, were able to promote our new Electric Hackney Carriage try before you buy project; had an impressive line-up of speakers (thank you Neil in particular for helping with this); and had a wide range of EV’s and Electric services available to view and test drive. Couldn’t have worked without such a great team approach and your support."
Peter Saunders - Transport Plan Officer & Workplace Travel Advisor
BOURNEMOUTH: Thursday 18th October
Day 3 took us to one of the UK’s best-loved seaside towns… Bournemouth. The Square saw the Roadshow debut for the Jaguar i-Pace, and thousands walked through during the day. More than 162,250 managed vehicles were being represented by the fleet professionals, who joined Bournemouth Borough Council in the Norfolk Royale Hotel.
“May I take the opportunity to say, on behalf of Bournemouth Borough Council, a big thank you to you and your team for putting on a great event. Overall, we were very happy to have been invited by BEIS to host this event and thought that both the fleet seminar and the public engagement in the Town Square were a success.
The GGBW EV Roadshow was an unexpected welcome boost to what we are doing/planning to do topromote EVs and the public engagement event in the Town Square went very well (credit to GreenFleet for this). There was lots of engagement between the manufacturers and the public. The fleet seminar event was useful. Good range of presentations with interesting case studies - Attendance was good. We would love to do this again."
Timonthy Huxley - Senior Transport Planner
BRISTOL: Friday 19th October
The Roadshow’s final day was in Bristol. Hosted by Bristol City Council, with Bath & NE Somerset, Nth Somerset and Sth Gloucs Councils, more than 50 fleet professionals joined the Go Ultra Low West fleet seminar, where they discussed how replacing some of the 162,250+ vehicles under their control, with ultra-low emission vehicle technology, would help the region’s battle on air quality.
"Thank you again for all your hard work and assistance in pulling off the largest ULEV event the sub-region has held. It was fantastic to have so many of the manufacturers present on the day showing their latest vehicles as well as offering test drives. Having the event meant we could engage with the public and businesses around the Go Ultra Low West programmes offerings.
The Business Event went very well and was well attended. Our panel of speakers were engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable around the roll of ULEVs for our region. A big thank you to GreenFleet for all their assistance in making things run as smoothly as possible throughout the day and their professionalism in dealing with any snags that came up."
Marius Jennings - Project manager, City Innovation & Sustainability
Overall, the EV Roadshow was hugely popular in each of the 4 cities, and each had its own “Highlight”. Durham was nice and compact, showcasing NEW technology on a very old square and the Fleet element was very well attended… Nottingham had the largest ‘footprint’ outdoors, had great student (future influencers) attendance… Bournemouth ‘looked’ the best and probably had the busiest public square… Bristol probably had the best attended Fleet element, just about pipping Durham.
Here’s an overview, from across the 4 cities:
- 51% heard about the event through an EV Roadshow or GreenFleet e-Newsletter, while 38% heard about them as a result of telephone contact…
- 41% stayed for 3hrs+, and another 41% spent 2-3hrs with us – great ‘hang time’
- 81% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the speakers and presentations
- 78% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the vehicles at the event(s)
- 86% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the chosen venues
- 95% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the EV Roadshow staff
- And 68% were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the manufacturers staff
- 77% Strongly Agree or Agree that they received important information in the run up to the event
- 100% Strongly Agree or Agree that the event(s) were well organised
- 81% Strongly Agree or Agree that they learnt more about ULEVs as a result of attending an event
- 86% Strongly Agree or Agree that the event(s) were highly relevant to fleet and transport professionals
- 81% Strongly Agree or Agree that they would attend again, if we visited their city, or one close by, to learn about latest developments in the market
- 31% said that their organisation was already thinking about integrating ULEVS, but attending the event(s) helped them decide to do so
- 36% said that their organisation was already going to lease/buy ULEVs and attending the event(s) helped them decide which one(s) to get
- 33% said that their organisation would not have been planning on integrating ULEVs if they hadn’t attended an event
And immediately after the event, we were told that in Durham, there has already been 2 x LDVs ordered and a Nissan LEAF… In Nottingham, the council themselves have ordered 4 Tipper LDVs and 5 Minibus LDVs (they were already considering it, but test drives and further discussions on the day, convinced them)… In Bournemouth there has been at least a LEAF and an i3 ordered, and also 1 or 2 Jaguar i-Paces… and finally, in Bristol, there were Minibus LDVs ordered.
In summary, the EV Roadshow has left a very positive mark on the cities it visited, and orders have already been placed!