November 6, 2019 - 11:03

Once again the public enjoyed many free leisure and educational activities about zero emission vehicles and renewable energies.

Expoelèctric, the most important event in the field of electric vehicles and renewable energies in Southern Europe, ended on Sunday, 3 November, with an attendance record of almost 25,000 visitors.

This year, the public could enjoy a local, family atmosphere with many free leisure and educational activities related to zero emissions vehicles and renewable energies in one spot, with 9 editions, supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya, through the Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN), Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and ENGINYERS BCN.

This edition, which enjoyed the participation of 55 exhibitors, also had a record number of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on show, including cars, motorcycles, bicycles and electric scooters.

Thanks to Test & Drive, a hundred of these vehicles drove along the streets of Barcelona on the Saturday and Sunday of the fair, so the visitors had the opportunity to get to know and test the latest market models. There were 750 test drives of cars and 400 test drives of motorcycles, bicycles and electric scooters.

At the same time, the event put on Europe’s first public demonstration of how a 100% electric city would improve its citizens’ quality of life. It did so with celebration of the e-Concert, now in its fifth consecutive year. This is a unique acoustic concert at which different electric vehicles circulate between the stage and the audience to demonstrate the non-existence of noise pollution.

Encouraging photovoltaic self-consumption

This year, the event took a step forward and has set a benchmark, not only in electric mobility, but also in renewable energies, offering a wide range of activities to introduce and promote photovoltaic self-consumption among the public.

To this end, this year the fair launched a new activity, the Espai Autoconsum (Self-consumption Space), where visitors could see the Anella Energètica (Energy Ring) first hand. With this system, Expoelèctric became the first fair in Southern Europe to generate its own electrical energy through photovoltaic self-consumption and connected vehicles in the network (V2G).

The event produced 150 kW/hour to supply its own electricity. Thus, it came from renewable electric energy generated locally with photovoltaic plates, storage batteries and energy supply from the vehicles.

The public could also take part in and enjoy the e-Col·loquis, a space for participation supported by panel of experts, where the participants could give their opinions and resolve doubts about the electric vehicle. This activity, in the form of an open debate, generated significant interest and high participation.

Finally, Expoelèctric introduced zero emissions mobility and renewable energies to children with a range of children’s activities, such as electric go-kart and scooter circuits, combined with talks about road safety and children’s games, to raise young children’s awareness of the importance of acquiring sustainable and responsible energy consumption habits in all areas.