London Low Carbon motor show, Ecovelocity whirrs into lifeBy Philip Shoulder
May 10, 2012
Saturday 5th May saw doors open at London’s ExCeL to Ecovelocity, the low carbon motor show, which showcases the latest in eco technology from both mainstream and specialist automotive manufacturers.
Motorists looking to change their car for a greener cleaner vehicle can test drive the latest eco cars from Vauxhall, Peugeot, Mia, Honda, Nissan, Citroën and Chevrolet.
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The show provides visitors with the opportunity to view the current and future options for more environmentally responsible motoring, gain an understanding of the technology and processes involved in developing low carbon vehicles and an insight into the benefits of owning one.
Unique to Ecovelocity is the chance for motorists to actually get behind the wheel.
Giles Brown, organiser of EcoVelocity commented:
“Visitors to EcoVelocity this year are able to test drive numerous low carbon vehicles, including hybrids, electric vehicles and range extenders on the 3.5 mile test route in and around ExCeL. Test drives when taken in isolation can be time consuming, our unique offering and facility allows visitors to take almost back to back test drives, giving motorists the opportunity to make direct comparisons and work out which vehicle best fits their requirements.”
However Brown did also stipulate the importance of bringing along your license if you want to take part in the test drives. “It’s a legal requirement and we don’t want anyone disappointed that they can’t drive if they forget their licence.”
Key cars at the show include the Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera.
The Nissan leaf has been at the centre of the green car revolution and rightly so. The world's first purpose-built, family-sized 100% electric car was launched to great acclaim with industry experts voting it European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year 2011. Since deliveries started last March, Nissan has expanded the LEAF dealer network from 26 to 32 dealerships and plans are underway to increase this to 150 by the end of 2012. Nissan is currently working with partners to create a ‘charging pathway’ across the UK motorway network using quick chargers that the company is donating. These chargers can charge the advanced lithium ion batteries in Nissan LEAF from 0 to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
Prominently located in the middle of the show and featuring a rather snazzy power charging mock-up display, is the Vauxhall Ampera, which was recently crowned World Green Car of the Year. Demolishing the issue of ‘range anxiety’ altogether, the Ampera’s clever Voltec system helps it achieve an incredible *175mpg and combined emissions of below 40g/km, according to official R(EC) 715/2007 regulations for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
For those more interested in electric thrills, there’s the Electric Super Car stand, hosting exotic electric and hybrid cars that manage to combine speed and eco-friendliness in equal measure. The EcoVelocity paddock features exciting and aspirational eco-friendly models. Direct from the USA is the Fisker Karma; the Lightning GT - an exclusive British high technology 100% electric supercar; Tesla the electric car from Silicon Valley; and the Delta E4 Coupe - an ultra efficient electric sports car.
EDF Energy, will demonstrate complete home and business recharging solutions using a variety of charge points and vehicles such as the MINI E, a vehicle being used as part of the Olympic Fleet and leased by EDF Energy into their own fleet over the past year.
Giles Brown, Event founder and Organiser of EcoVelocity, explained “I’m delighted that EDF Energy is involved in the second year of EcoVelocity. Their experience in developing and installing recharging infrastructure is invaluable. Visitors will be interested to learn how easy and simple it is to recharge a plug-in vehicle and be amazed at the carbon savings that can be achieved”.
The UK's premier specialist electric vehicle website TheChargingPoint.com will be taking over the theatre stage at 1pm on the weekend of the12th/13th May. The four 20-30 minute morning sessions with the UK's top electric car manufacturers, including Vauxhall and Renault, will help give visitors a flavour of each manufacturer's current EV line-up, as well as what the brands' plans are for plug-in cars over the next few years.
EcoVelocity, the low-carbon motor event, is returning for its second year runs until 13th May at London's ExCeL.
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