Brighton to London Future Car Challenge #1

November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Saturday November 6th, 2010: the first Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, and I was down at Madeira Drive for the start (spot Brighton Pier in the background). Batteries were frantically quick-charged, telematics systems were put in place to monitor mileage and energy usage (there was a prize in store for the most energy-efficient) and everyone whirred, tootled or zoomed – according to vehicle – off to Hyde Park to meet the veteran cars (pre-1905) due to come down tomorrow on the annual London To Brighton. There was a halfway charging stop at Crawley for those who needed it.

The mainstream manufacturers were out in full force (though Fiat was conspicuous by its absence: no 500 Twinair). No surprises, and most of the usual suspects were present and correct – Prius, CRZ, Smart Fortwo ed, various super-efficient conventional diesels including the Skoda Fabia Greenline and Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion, but it was good to see the Vauxhall Ampera, Mercedes-Benz B-Class e-cell and Nissan Leaf in action for the first time.

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