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The 2012 Oxford to London Eco-Rally will act as the UK debut of the entirely revamped Zero DS. Zero Motorcycles are confident that the new 2012 Zero DS will strengthen its reputation as the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. DS stands for ‘Dual Sport’ - designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street. The sleek and contemporary new styling is visually distinct from its predecessors. The new powertrain includes a brushless motor capable of 80 mph, new state of the art battery cell technology (over 100 mile range), regenerative braking and a power pack that is designed to last the life of the motorcycle. It is the first mass production electric motorcycle to ever achieve over 100 miles range (EPA UDDS).
In late 2010, the Mayor of Barcelona announced his vision for the city centre to become CO2 and emissions free within four years. A joint project was formed under Cluster Moto with support from the Catalan administration and in collaboration with Barca University. The result is the MIUS electric scooter by Rieju - an alternative for individual lightweight transport. The Rieju MIUS (pronounced 'my us') is one of the most efficient, functional and green urban scooters available for personal or fleet use.
ITM Power’s Transportable Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HFuel) is a self-contained module suitable for refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks. HFuel is well suited to small fleet and early ‘hydrogen highway’ applications of both fuel cell and hydrogen engine vehicles (FCV and HICEV). It is based around a modular platform (standard freight containers) and can be expanded at any point after the initial installation enabling a staged roll-out of hydrogen fuel.
The fuel-free Ford Focus has a target range of 100 miles, can be charged in just three to four hours when connected to an appropriate charging facility and is powered by a 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It will be on sale in the UK in 2013. The Focus Electric features 'SYNC' - Ford's advanced voice control, device integration and connectivity interface - to enhance the enjoyment of driving an electric vehicle in the most efficient way.
The Vectrix electric maxi-class scooter is The AA's choice for providing motorcycle assistance in London. Capable of over 60 mph (97 km/h), with maximum torque available immediately - a much-loved characteristic of electric motors. It has 90% less moving parts than a petrol scooter, making it an extremely reliable support vehicle.
Without good design - that which raises the emotions, and gets us all fired up - how do we hope to encourage the sorts of numbers needed to switch to sustainable living, to really make a difference? Aspiration and style play key roles in getting us to make the switch to a better cleaner way of living.
- Oliver Heath, eco-designer
The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than supercars that cost twice as much, yet it produces zero tailpipe emissions and is twice as energy efficient as leading hybrids. Rooted in Silicon Valley tradition, the Roadster is controlled by state-of-the-art vehicle software. The system monitors the status of components throughout the car, shares information to coordinate action, and reacts to changing external conditions.
The 2012 Eco-Rally logistics team will be using Zipcars and Zipvans for all essential rally support and representatives from Zipcar will be on hand at the start and finish lines to answer any queries. Joining a car club means having means saving money and emissions. A typical Zipcar member saves £3,162 per year vs. owning their own vehicle.