EcoVelocity brings a green show to London
Monday 05 September 2011
Since the London Motor Show died with the recession, there has been no shortage of events vying to take its place, from the Goodwood Moving Motor Show to the London MotorExpo, both held earlier this year.
But London is a future-focused city and it seemed natural that a green pretender would eventually rear its head - and in just a few weeks, we'll get a first glance at what it looks like.
EcoVelocity kicks off September 8 in the shadow of one of London's most iconic landmarks, the now-disused Battersea Power Station, an iconic touch which neatly illustrates how the city is changing.
The show is dedicated to environmentally-friendly motoring, which broadly means electric and hybrid mobility, although visitors should expect to see a little bit of everything as the show says that it's about "real-world cars for real-world motorists."
It doesn't have quite the star power of larger motor shows such as Frankfurt, for instance (which also begins in September), but has managed to attract plenty of recognizable brands, including Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, Toyota, Lexus, Vauxhall, Volvo, Volkswagen and Mia Electric.
Highlights are expected to include a display of eco-friendly supercars, the unveiling of a new zero-emissions racing vehicle from the team behind racing series EVCUP, as well as a display on the history of electric vehicles showcasing some of the quirkiest, including the Sinclair C5.
For those keen to get behind the wheel, there will also be a test track set up in the grounds of the power station, including driving experiences for 5-11 and 11-17-year-olds.
The inaugural show runs September 8-11 at Battersea Power Station in London.
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