The Festival of Speed will add a new element this year.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a highlight of the auto show calendar and has been a great place to see some exceptional machines before they're presented anywhere else. This year's FOS is promised to be better than ever and has many exciting exhibits including one celebrating the life and career of Sir Stirling Moss. But while last year's edition had a couple of electric cars on display including the Lotus Evija, the 2021 show will have a greater focus on EVs with a new presentation called Electric Avenue - The Road to 2030, which will be a "new interactive home for electric mobility".
Billed as a "must-see", the new attraction has been designed to "encourage a lasting legacy of positive change by enabling visitors to explore the electric way of life". Visitors will be able to ask questions of industry experts, take a look around the latest electric cars, and discover the benefits of adopting EVs. Numerous different types of electric vehicles will be on display, including city cars, sedans, SUVs, sports cars, and hypercars from various different marques. Goodwood says this display has been carefully curated and will even include information on finance, running costs, "the realities of range and reliability", charging times, and the locations of chargers in the UK. If you're planning to stop by, the display will be situated between Future Lab and the First Glance Paddock.
The decision to include an EV-themed display comes as the UK government aims to produce net zero emissions by 2050, so getting people used to EVs and educating them on the pros and cons of EVs and how to integrate these vehicles into your life is a great idea.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean had this to say: "As we put our foot down and accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future, I'm delighted to see this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed showcasing some of the latest models of EVs at the new 'Electric Avenue'. With £2.8bn [approximately $3.9 billion] of government support to encourage their take-up, there has never been a better time to switch to an EV - helping clean up the air in towns and cities right across the UK."