Best UK electric car shows and events for 2022
EV shows in the UK are becoming more and more popular. It’s not just the fact that more and more people actually own them; a huge number of people are considering going electric and they want to know what’s out there. If that’s you, below is a summary of what’s coming in the rest of 2022!
Sunday 29 May: Simply Electric, Beaulieu
Simply Electric at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, first ran in 2021 to much success and happily, is returning for 2022. It’s a chance for owners of everything from the latest electric super saloons like the Porsche Taycan through to classic electric mobility solutions like the Sinclair C5 to get together and share their passion with the public.
All ages and models of EVs are welcome at Beaulieu’s stunning parkland, and while there visitors can also explore the National Motor Museum. Take it from us, it’s worth the effort to get there! Whether you want to take your car to display or simply go along as a punter, you can find out more here.
23-26 June: Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood
Whilst the Festival of Speed is best known for its raucous celebration of internal combustion, it is also embracing EV culture, performance and how fun they can be to drive. ‘Electric Avenue – The Road to 2030’ was a feature of the 2021 FoS and will be back again this year. Given the calibre of cars that Goodwood attracts, you can expect the cream of the EV crop – both current and forthcoming – at this year’s event.
Goodwood is incredibly popular so it’s booking up fast. Grab your tickets on the event’s website.
25 June: Electric Vehicle Rally 2022, London to Brighton
Driving from London to Brighton has been a tradition for some of the oldest cars in the world for years. Now, some of the newest and most cutting-edge, in terms of tech, are following in their tracks. Obviously, the main part of the event is the 59-mile procession from the South Bank in the capital down to Brighton seafront. The route takes in towns and villages along the way as well as passing charging points for those who need a top up.
EV owners can pay to join in with vehicles of all shapes and sizes catered for. Once the event reaches Brighton, the EVillage and Education Zone is free to enter for the public. Find out more on the event website.
3 July: The Electric Vehicle Festival, The British Motor Museum, Warwick
This event was first held in July 2019 – created by EV enthusiasts, for EV enthusiasts, to celebrate all things EV and support the UK’s continuing transition from internal combustion to electric power. It’s similar in format to the Simply Electric show at Beaulieu, inviting owners of battery electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes to join in and show off.
As you’d expect, this format draws all manner of mainstream EVs from clubs and enthusiastic owners. On top of this are specialist EVs, one-offs, home builds, electric bikes, conversions and restomods. Tickets include entry to the British Motor Museum and can be bought via the event website.
18-21 August: The British Motor Show, Farnborough
Another event that celebrates the entirety of motoring but has an EV element to it, The British Motor Show includes its own sub-section – The Electric Motor Show. It showcases the latest models and tech in one place. As well as showing off some of the latest cars that consumers can go out and buy, it also allows them to take test drives and talk to experts about the practicalities of going electric.
If that isn’t enough, TV stars like Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer will host group tests of all manner of vehicles, including EVs. Tickets can be booked on the website.
29 November to 1 December: London EV Show, ExCeL London
The second annual London EV show returns to ExCeL bigger and better this year. Exhibitors include major manufacturers, governments, tech companies, charging companies and the latest start-ups with over 200 in total. Over 100 speakers from around the world will also be attending to provide insight and advice to attendees.
Speaking of attendees, the 2022 show includes a 1.5 mile test track so that exhibitors can provide a hands-on experience including rides, drives and demonstrations of their cars and technology. Tickets can be bought on the event website.