Belgian first: ‘electric and hybrid motor show’ in Villers-la-Ville
The Walloon municipality of Villers-la-Ville will host Belgium’s first motor show dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles on September 29. Visitors will be able to see, touch, and feel more than fifty cars, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, and even light commercial vehicles.
Belgium’s first ‘green’ motor show isn’t born from the mind of some industrial group or even the Belgian automotive federation. It is the Walloon municipality of Villers-la-Ville that took matters into its own hands.
The small municipality with its 10.000 inhabitants that is a known touristic hotspot in Belgium for its ruins of the abbey dating back to 1146 wants to create a ‘green’ event in times of energy transition talks.
Green motor show
“This is one of the most important discussions of the current times. Everyone has questions about the pros and cons of these new technologies. Others are even wondering whether it’s worthwhile to purchase a new car when the legislation’s evolution is still unclear,” declares Julie Charles (MR).
The Alderman in charge of Information, Mobility, and Ecological Transition had the dream of a ‘green’ motor show while visiting a similar event in Hardelot, France. After talks with the municipality’s dealerships, she green-lighted the project.
On September 29, the town hall’s garden will host numerous brands and dealerships that will expose more than 50 different cars. “We could’ve had more vehicles because some brands will bring new models on the market in 2020. But, we wanted to be the first,” continues Charles.
To continue in the green mind-set of the event, the municipality recently installed a new public charging point in the Market car park. Ores should activate it shortly. Villers-la-Ville also plans to purchase some electric vehicles for the municipality’s needs.