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Issue 4 of Cleantech Magazine is devoted to covering the 2011 Bridgestone Eco-Rally with special interviews & features on some of the key players and hidden cleantech gems, plus profiles of every exhibitor and stats on every vehicle in the event.
The first leg of the 75 mile parade of zero emission vehicles from bikes and trikes, to sports cars, to buses and coaches. The route will travel past The Ghost Forest installation outside Oxford University - a major art installation of 10 primary rainforest tree stumps a commercially logged forest in Western Africa.
The Exige 270E Tri-fuel, could be the forefather of a new generation of conventionally driven cars that have the potential to be environmentally-neutral. It is the most powerful road version yet of the Exige and it runs on any mixture of gasoline, methanol and bio-ethanol. For the Oxford to London Eco-Rally it will be powered by a blend of waste wine and cheese whey.
Hated by deep green environmentalists and described by some as a 'rich chavs MPV', the nearly 3-tonne, 3-litre V6 'sporty SUV' is Range Rover's biggest selling car worldwide and loved for it's imperious driving position and intelligent, weight-defying suspension. So you may be wondering how it qualifies to be in the Eco-Rally. This particular model is a hire car from Oxford-based Dreamcarhire.com and like all their cars, it is locally carbon-offset, making it not such a guilty pleasure after all. In addition OxtreeGen will be using it to collect unwanted mobile phones at every location which will be recycled to help carbon-offset the entire Bridgestone Eco-Rally event. It is also the perfect car for a celebrity model to escape the paparazzi!