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The Big Event: Streamed Live line-up

Meet your host, Helen Dolphin

Helen Dolphin

Helen Dolphin, MBE transport and accessibility consultant and Motability Scheme customer for over 20 years will be your host for The Big Event: Streamed Live.

On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May, you'll be able to join the live stream of all the content listed below, right here!

Helen will be bringing you exclusive interviews with our speakers, live product demos, as well as footage from around The Big Event, all to watch from the comfort of your own home. There will also be a chance to submit your questions during each session.

Extra product information, including brochures and videos, will also be available to view from our exhibitors across the two live days.

The Car Revolution: How innovation and technology are transforming the way we move

10:00am to 10:25am
  • Matt Lizzimore
    Drive Editor, Lifestyle
  • Steve Huntingford
    Editor, WhatCar?

What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford and Lifestyle Drive Editor Matt Lizzimore talk automotive innovation. They’ll discuss the latest car technologies that are making a difference now, and offer some insight into what we’ll see in the near future.

Supporting the move to electric vehicles for wheelchair users

11:00am to 11:25am
  • Michelle Vellacott
    Customer Support Director, Motability Operations
  • David Fairbairn
    Managing Director, CALLUM Designs

We want to make the transition to electric vehicles simple for users of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).

Our customers told us what they want from an EV – so in collaboration with CALLUM, we have developed a solution. It addresses the challenges around EV conversion and wheelchair accessibility through thoughtful and inclusive design.

Adaptations: Unlocking your everyday freedom

2:00pm to 2:25pm
  • James Horne
    Head of Accessible Vehicles, Motability Operations

Do you want to learn more about how car adaptations can help you or someone you know with a disability to drive safely and comfortably? If so, you are invited to listen to our adaptation expert James for an informative and inspiring talk covering;

  • An overview of adaptations available on the Scheme to help you get in and out of a car, to help you drive and to help you store things, such as rooftop stowage and car boot hoists.
  • An exciting look at adaptation innovation and how things are changing, such as new solutions, features and technologies that enhance the functionality and usability of vehicles.
  • A look at some of the challenges as vehicles get more cyber security and what we’re doing to help, such as complying with regulations, implementing best practices, and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure the security and privacy of car adaptations.

This talk is a great opportunity to discover more about the world of adaptations and have your questions answered.

Exploring the fast paced world of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

3:00pm to 3:25pm
  • James Horne
    Head of Accessible Vehicles, Motability Operations

Are you interested in learning more about wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and how they can improve your mobility and independence?

Join us for an informative and engaging talk where we will cover the latest trends and developments in the WAV market. You will discover the exciting new models that have been launched and are coming soon. You will also find out about the new electric WAVs that are available and what’s coming in the future. Finally, you will learn how to find the best nearly new WAVs that are immediately available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, and get inspired by the possibilities of WAVs. Book your spot today and get ready to explore this exciting world. 

It’s all about cars and the car industry

10:00am to 10:25am
  • Sam Wickenden
    Sam Wickenden
    Manufacturer Relations Manager, Motability Operations

Don’t miss this highly popular session – Sam Wickenden, who has worked with car manufacturers for the past 7 years in his role at Motability Operations, will share his insights on all things cars and the car industry. He will cover the current trends in vehicle availability, the latest updates on the Motability Scheme, the evolution of EVs and the overall state of the car sector.

EV myth busting… the simple facts

11:00am to 12:25pm
  • To be confirmed…
    EV Specialist, tbc

Fully charged: At home and on the road

1:00pm to 1:50pm
  • Ed Curwen
    Innovation Manager, Motability Operations
  • Russ Morgan
    Russ Morgan
    Commercial Innovations Director, Ohme
  • Dan Mclaren
    UK EV Education Lead, bp pulse

Fully charged: At home and on the road

Do you want to learn about charging an electric vehicle (EV) at home and on the road? Join us for an exciting talk where we’ll explore all things EV charging. You’ll discover more about charging at home with Ohme, bp pulse’s network of public chargepoints across the UK, and how Motability Go Charge can make finding and paying for public charging across the UK easier. All available when you lease an EV on the Motability Scheme! Do not miss this opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions, and get inspired by the future of charging.

CHANGING MOTORSPORT. CHANGING LIVES.

2:30pm to 2:55pm
  • Mike Scudamore
    Commercial Director, Team BRIT

Take a pit-stop here and discover more about Team BRIT, the world’s only competitive team of all-disabled racing drivers.

Commercial Director Mike Scudamore will share how their new partnership with the Motability Scheme is supporting their mission to provide a level playing field for disabled racing drivers. He’ll explain how the cars are adpated for the race track, showcase the racing team and share the race schedule for 2024 . The team’s ultimate goal is to take an all-disabled team to race in the epic endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Team BRIT are proud to be opening the door to motorsport for disabled drivers and Mike will share more about the Team BRIT recommended ‘route to racing’ for any disabled drivers eager to get started in the sport.

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