Pioneering low carbon vehicles take part in Brighton to London future car rally

Pioneering low carbon vehicles take part in Brighton to London future car rally

05 Nov 2010

Tomorrow six innovative low carbon vehicles from world leading low carbon vehicle trails will take part in the RAC Brighton to London future car rally. The cars will be among over 60 zero/low-emission vehicles expected to be on the starting lines when the rally starts in Brighton on Saturday morning.

Six of the vehicles are part of the Technology Strategy Board's UK-wide ultra low carbon vehicle demonstrator programme, where over 340 vehicles will be trialled and provide data for future vehicle innovation.  The cars are Ecotricity's Nemesis, Mercedez Benz's Smart fortwo electric drive, Mitsubishi's i-Miev, BMW's Mini E and two of the Liberty E-Range Range Rovers, the world's first pure electric 4x4 vehicle.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, who is taking part in the rally said:

"It's great to get the opportunity to take part in the rally and travel to London in a Liberty E- Range Rover. I am pleased that so many of the vehicles that are taking part are also part of our Low Carbon Vehicles demonstrator programme, which forms one milestone in the journey towards low carbon vehicles becoming a reality on the UK's roads."

Being held for the first time this year, the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday 6 November as a very public showcase for low-energy impact vehicles. Open to the latest electric, hybrid and low emission passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles, awards will be presented in different categories for vehicles judged to have made the least energy impact during the 60-mile Brighton to London run.

Several world/UK debuts will feature as a number of the participating manufacturers will use the event to showcase, live, their pre-production electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles in both passenger car and light-commercial vehicle categories.

"We are pleased to have Iain Gray in our Liberty Electric E-Range for the rally. It is the world's first luxury high-performance, Pure Electric, non-polluting 4x4 that will be readily available to fill a significant gap in the family-size and luxury vehicle market. The E-Range accelerates from zero to 60 in circa 7 seconds, reaches a top speed of 100mph, and has a distance capacity of 200 miles on one single charge - this is the upper end of the drive range that any current EV is able to achieve."

"In short, the vehicle enables the consumer to enjoy the power, prestige and luxury of the iconic Range Rover without the cost to the environment," says Barry Shrier, CEO of Liberty Electric Cars.

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Press enquiries should be directed to Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager, Technology Strategy Board. Switchboard: +44 1793 442700, Direct line: +44 1793 442901, Mobile: 0755 4115745 Claire.Cunningham@tsb.gov.uk.

 

Last updated on Friday 05 November 2010 at 18:11

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