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The point at which global oil supplies reach a peak. Following this peak, oil supplies decrease and never rise again. Leading geophysicists predict that peak is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate. The limits of where and how to extract the oil are increasingly being stretched to supply this demand.
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.
As the world's largest tyre company, Bridgestone is committed to reducing the impact of motoring and to helping ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Several Eco-Rally vehicles including the 2011 World and European Car of the Year are shod with Bridgestone tyres.
The Citroën 'Rosalie' was the world's first production diesel car part-developed by highly acclaimed engineer, Sir Harry Ricardo (founder of Ricardo Consulting Engineers). The veteran Rosalie (1760cc 11UD) first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1935, and therefore surprised the press at the start-line of the inaugural future car rally from Brighton to London.
Leading geophysicists predict that peak-oil is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate, with increasingly negative social and ecological consequences. Are you ready to switch?
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.
Chargemaster will be displaying their POLAR charging point at the 2012 Eco-Rally start line. All the electric entrants in this year's Eco-Rally will make use of existing charging points around Oxford in preparation for the 65 mile trip to London. The growing network of charging points will give Oxford one of the highest densities of charging points anywhere in Europe, courtesy of the POLAR network. All of these sites will soon provide the ability to fast charge suitably equipped cars at a rate over twice as fast as standard charging. POLAR is the UK’s national, privately-funded, electric car charging infrastructure expected to cover the 100 largest towns and cities across the country in the near future.
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.