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The vehicles and drivers will once again line up on Madeira Drive, Brighton (next to the beach sports centre) alongside the world's world's oldest electric railway. The marine backdrop to the start of the event is a reminder that the sea may provide the bulk of future energy needs (tidal, off-shore wind, thermal currents, etc). Brighton & Hove is the most sustainable city in Britain.
The vehicles will parade through the centre of Brighton before heading off towards London.
Sainsbury’s flagship eco-store, with its twin wind turbines, timber cladding and grass walls is affectionately known as the "Teletubby store". It is part-powered by wind, insulated by earth and naturally lit by the sun. Free electric vehcile charging is available for customers and Sainsbury's are converting the majority of their London online delivery fleet to electric vans and trucks.
The vehicles will park up for display next to City Hall where they will be inspected by delegates from the LowCVP conference and press, before the winner of the What Car Green Award is unveiled at 18:30.
City Hall was designed by Arup and Foster + Partners to 'express the transparency and accessibility of the democratic process and demonstrate the potential for a sustainable, virtually non-polluting public building.' The iconic sphere-like form is part of an energy strategy to minimise perimeter surface area, reducing heat loss and heat gain and uses only a quarter of the annual energy consumption of a typical, prestige air-conditioned office. Panoramic 360 view from the balcony
Tower Bridge - 'The most famous Bridge in the world' was designed in 1884 to drastically reduce journey times for pedestrians and vehicles to cross the Thames without disrupting river traffic. The high-level walkways were designed so that the public could still cross the Bridge when it was raised. In 1910 they were closed down when they realised that most people preferred to wait at the bottom and watch the spectacle. During an emergency in 1912, Frank McClean had to fly between the bascules and the high-level Walkways in his Short biplane, to avoid an accident. In 1952 a London bus had to leap from one bascule to the other when the Bridge began to rise with the bus still on it.
London is ranked 10th out of the 20 cities listed in the Sustainable Cities Index.
Brighton - catch a ride on the world's oldest electric railway, catch the Big Lemon or cycle along the sea-front.
London City Hall - ten minutes walk from London Bridge station and fifteen from Tower Hill. You can even catch a ride on the 141 - the world's first double-decker hybrid bus
Buses: 42, 47, 78, 381, RV1 | River services: to London Bridge City Pier, Tower Millennium Pier and St Katharine's Pier, cycle racks are on the south side of the building by Potters Fields Park.