Free electric car charger points

An opportunity for drivers to try out and rent electric cars and bikes is being offered as part of new exhibition opening in Glasgow.

The permanent exhibit will offer free electric vehicle charging points as well as a hiring and parking area - the first in the UK.

The Waterloo Street exhibition is being organised by sustainable energy company SSE and will offer six spaces where electric vehicles can be parked and charged as well as offering electric scooters and bikes to rent.

Entitled 'Power of Now' the exhibit organisers hope to show the Scottish potential in using renewable energy through production, design, engineering and manufacturing.

The company believe that sourcing electricity in sustainable and renewable ways is a vital part of reducing the UK's carbon emissions.

Dr Robin Hoyle, from the Glasgow Science Centre, said: "Glasgow and Scotland have a rich heritage of engineering and the Scottish Hydro Centre for Renewable Excellence in the city centre highlights the varied and exciting technologies that SSE and its partners are involved with."

It is important to show how technology can be used to positively impact on the country's future as well as providing inspiration to the next generations, he added.

The exhibit is in partnership with Mitsubishi Power Systems, Siemens, Subsea7, Aquamarine Power, Europcar, Dimplex, Peugeot and IBM.

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