London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has been a big supporter of green transportation — he’s installed thousands of EV chargers around the city and opened a bike superhighway to make it easier for cyclists to get around the city streets — and now he’ll be throwing his support behind Europe’s largest low carbon motor festival. The EcoVelocity motor fest opens on September 8 and Mayor Johnson will be leading an army of efficient vehicles around the unique EcoVelocity test track. Johnson has noted that he wants to make London the EV capital of Europe and perhaps the addition of this event will help him with that goal.
Last year Johnson rolled out his Source London EV charging station plan which aims to have 1,300 stations up and running by 2013 — they’ve got 200 so far. This charging network seeks to bring confidence to UK drivers that they’ll be able to juice up their vehicles while out and about without wondering where they need to go. Johnson thinks it is the first step in getting people on the EV bandwagon and we happen to think he’s got a point.
The three day EcoVelocity event will certainly help people warm up to the EV market with displays from Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, Toyota, Lexus, Vauxhall, Volvo, Volkswagen and Mia Electric to peruse. Visitors can even take one of the low-emissions vehicles out for a test drive on the EcoVelocity track. “EcoVelocity fully complements Source London’s journey to improve the air quality of London and to place London as the electric vehicle capital of Europe. London is a great venue for this industry first, where London goes the rest are sure to follow. The festival will show motorists lots of no compromise everyday personal transport solutions that will reduce their carbon footprint,” commented Giles Brown, EcoVelocity’s founder and event director.
We can’t wait for the event to kick off so we can see what awesome green transportation innovations it has in store.