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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.
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.
The Renault Twizy delivers all the fundamentals associated with a car, namely four wheels, a steering wheel and pedals, plus an enveloping body for two occupants sitting in tandem, one behind the other. The ultra-compact footprint of the electric Renault Twizy is ideally suited to city motoring. It is now on sale in the UK with a price tag beginning at £6,990. Monthly battery lease cost will be £40 based on a 36 month, 4,500 miiles per year agreement - equivalent to £480 a year.
Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bicycle sharing scheme for short journeys in and around central London. Users can pick up a bicycle and drop it off at any docking station, ready for the next person - reducing the growing gap between public transport capacity and demand.
Mio Technology Corp. develops advanced personal navigation products. Leveraging its PDA engineering experience, Mio developed and released the world's first GPS-integrated PDA back in 2003. The success of this breakthrough product quickly established Mio as one of the fastest-growing GPS navigation companies in the world.
Mio is the official navigation partner for the 2012 Eco-Rally and the guest drivers will be putting the latest in state-of-the-art in-car navigation technology to the test from Oxford to London. Features include Trip Planner, real-time traffic information, latest weather forecasts and advanced IQ Routes™, which collects real-life information from other drivers and optimises your route accordingly, allowing you to avoid congestion on every journey you take.
Westminster City Council has partnered with Zipcar to give members access to shared cars parked across the city. Each Westminster Car Club vehicle aims to remove 15-20 privately-owned vehicles from the road, meaning less emissions and less parked cars. Member benefits include free fuel, free insurance and no congestion charge. There is an extensive range to choose from including the new Vauxhall Ampera. As most trips taken by Zipcar members are under 35 miles they could be completely free from tail-pipe emissions.
The fully-electric Mia U (urban transporter) van is short and nimble on the outside but incredibly spacious inside with 1,500 litres cargo volume and 350 kg payload. The central driving position and sliding doors facilitate getting in and out of ether side easily, especially in tight parking spots. Like the family mia L, it is 3.19 m long and its tight turning circle gives it a clear edge in those narrow city streets. Mia is also developing a range-extended version using a fuel cell to increase range by around 100 miles.
The fully-electric Mia is short and nimble on the outside but incredibly spacious inside for three or four people depending on the model. Like a McLaren F1 supercar, the driver sits centrally giving the passengers an enormous space to stretch their legs. The Mia’s sliding doors and an almost 'T-top' style roof facilitate getting in and out safely, especially in tight parking spots. The seat configuration allows for more boot space too.