“I’m blown away” were the words of TV’s Robert Llewellyn on the set of Supercharged Cornwall, after touring new state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle Labs at Truro and Penwith College.
Supercharged Cornwall, is a new, live car show driven by the Future Skills Institute at Truro and Penwith College in association with the Hawkins Motor Group.
The event was hosted by TV’s Robert Llewellyn and energised Cornwall’s switch to electric vehicle technology.
During the live event Robert commented: “It’s amazing and I’m blown away. I’ve been around so many factories and I’ve had sneak peeks in R&D departments of people who are building electric cars and I haven’t seen anything like you’ve got next door, in the factories where they make the cars! That is an amazing training facility there.”
Supercharged Cornwall explored Cornwall’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution and the future skills needed to support a successful transition to EV technology.
The College’s £7.3million Valency building and new state-of-the-art EV Labs hosted an exhibition of emerging technologies accompanied by a giant Scalextric, live DJ, food and refreshments to keep guests entertained, along with opportunities to book test drives of some of the latest EV models.
Actor, presenter, comedian and writer, Robert Llewellyn, best known for his roles as Kryten in TV sit-com Red Dwarf, presenter of Engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge and more recently the Fully Charged Show, encouraged audience participation while drawing on the expert knowledge of the panel.
Supercharged Cornwall is the College’s latest innovation in the Electric Vehicle sector having led a pioneering £2.4 million Green Skills project in 2021, funded by the Department for Education’s Strategic Development Fund as part of its Skills Accelerator Programme and delivered in partnership with the Cornwall College Group.
The project has supported multi-million-pound investments at both Truro and Penwith Colleges to build state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle Labs, invest in a fleet of e-vehicles, training aids and develop curriculum for the electric vehicle and emerging green technology industries to benefit Cornwall’s businesses and future workforce.
Martin Tucker, Principal at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The College is extremely pleased with the response to Supercharged Cornwall, to support Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Planet C initiative and is very excited for the future innovation of the College, it’s facilities and learning experiences for our learners and business partners.
“The Supercharged Cornwall event achieved everything we hoped it would, showcasing Cornwall’s electric vehicle revolution, drawing on the expertise of our partners in electric vehicle manufacture and infrastructure to explore the work that needs to be addressed ahead of 2030 and how the College’s Future Skills Institute is spearheading the evolution of skills training for the benefit of Cornwall, local people and the future of our economy. We hope a bigger and better event will return next year.”
TV host Robert Llewellyn said: “Thank you to the team at Truro and Penwith College’s Future Skills Institute for inviting me to host Supercharged Cornwall. We have been delving into all things EV on the Fully Charged Show and this event provided a perfect opportunity to focus on the challenges and opportunities in Cornwall’s rural community.”
John Brown, Founder at Don’t Cry Wolf which is sponsoring Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Planet C month said: “Supercharged Cornwall is such an important event. Not just because it offered the public a chance to get behind the wheel of a few incredible machines, it also gives people a glimpse into what a regenerative world looks like and shines a light on the incredible facilities at Truro and Penwith College available to those looking to embark on a career in the EV world. It’s a moment for employers and potential students to be inspired, excited and ultimately take steps to building a new electrified economy.”
Employers from the sector wishing to work with the College should contact its Future Skills Institute Team on 01872 308000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.