Electric Vehicles charge up for race to London

Regent Street will be closed this Saturday to host the first ever RAC Future Car Challenge. The new event runs hand-in-hand with the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car […]

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By Tom Gibson

Regent Street will be closed this Saturday to host the first ever RAC Future Car Challenge. The new event runs hand-in-hand with the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car run. The new challenge will reward the most energy efficient vehicles to complete the 60-mile route from the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission vehicles.

Over sixty green vehicles will start the race at 8am from Brighton and will be parked up on display from midday in London’s Regent street for public view. The cars, new to UK roads, will include the Volkswagen Golf blue e-motion prototype, the Nissan Leaf electric car as well as several hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Mercedes-Benz. Also present will be the first zero-emissions 4×4 from Range Rover and the Nemesis, an electric sports car that has a top speed of 134mph.

Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Motoring Committee of The Royal Automobile Club said: “For the first time Regent Street will be closed entirely to normal traffic for an event of this nature allowing visitors to wander freely amongst the display of over 150 cars. In recent years the International Concours has attracted over 200,000 visitors, a figure I’m confident will be broken this Saturday.”

Regent Street will be closed between Vigo Street and Conduit Street from 10am until 5pm.