Clean cars head for Monaco

March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Monaco: home to a Grand Prix, the Top Marques supercar fest and more gas-guzzling monster yachts and floating gin palaces than you can shake a gilded stick  at. The wealthy tax haven – sorry, principality – is, however, about to host a trade fair called Clean Equity Monaco 2010, and whilst this name suggests some form of  money-laundering activity, it’s actually a show for new eco-friendly technology and the chance for clean-tech companies to meet potential investors. It opens 4th March.

Students at the Lulea University of Technology (LUT), Sweden, are pretty excited to be going down to the fair. They’re exhibiting Baldos II (pictured), an entrant in last year’s Shell Eco-Marathon and, now it’s been certified road-legal, officially the most fuel-efficient car in Sweden. “It’s great that we have received so much attention”, says engineer Ulrika Gronlund, on her way to Monaco with the car.

Other exhibitors at the show will include the better-known Tesla Motors, plus Britain’s Riversimple, but this little red Baldos II is arguably one of the cuter-looking propositions, if  strangely reminiscent of  a Mini-Marcos.

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