Yesterday, I hopped on a train and went to London from my home in Saltash, Cornwall to visit Ecovelocity 2012. Last time, in September 2011, it was in the grounds of Battersea Power Station, this time, just 8 months later, it was held in the Excel London.
Well, I say it was held there but Excel is a large exhibition space but Ecovelocity was stuck in a small section at one end whilst the rest of the space housed the Grand Designs Show.
I turned up at 10.30am and by 12.30 I had seen everything and it was time to leave.
I couldn’t criticise it for what was there. In fact I quite enjoyed the show and managed to find a few things of interest. However, the show this year was very small compared to last year and the majority of manufacturers had stayed away. In fact, how Ecovelocity will be able to survive next year eludes me with the following manufacturers missing…
Tesla (there was a Tesla Roadster but that is no longer made – no Model S)
In fact, I would say that the majority of manufacturers involved in Eco-transport stayed away.
One of the reasons was that it was on for so many days. Last year was just a few days and that was fine for most companies, they could afford to fund that. But this year it is on for about 10 days and that is a huge expense and commitment for a company like Renault what with the stand, display cars, test cars, personnel etc. I am not at all surprised they stayed away.
So, with so many key players boycotting the show I for one will not be attending Ecovelocity next year… assuming there is another one!