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The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is synonymous with roadworthiness, driver-compliance and emissions-testing so they need to ensure they 'practice what they preach'. VOSA is in the process of upgrading their fleet with new Euro IV diesels and hybrids (+/- 5 per cent).
At the height of the fuel protests and the heated debate about food vs fuel, Revolve set British motorists a challenge: Drive from Brighton to London in the greenest way you can. The destination was a music festival on Clapham Common, where the drivers were tested for eco-driving skills whilst their cars were tested for emissions.
In a recent survey, 23% have either used or are considering using car rental as an alternative to car ownership. Paul Wilson is one of those people and the Eco-Rally coincided with a week when he needed to hire a car, so he decided to take part and share his views.
Our panel of expert judges used the e-factor: energy, efficiency & enthusiasm to decide on the greenest vehicles and drivers. Exhaust emissions were measured by VOSA and the driver's skill was tested in the eco-driving simulator provided by the Energy Saving Trust.
LoveLondon and the Green.tv film crew drove their Toyota Prius hybrid Zipcar in the People's Eco-Rally 2008. The car-sharing company also displayed one of their MINIs at the finish line on Clapham Common. Over a third of Zipcar customers have either sold their car or have stopped their purchasing decision.
City Car Club is the largest and most experienced independent car club operator in the UK. Every day, they provide thousands of members with access to hundreds of self-service cars and vans, available to rent by the hour.
Zipcar is the UK’s largest pay-as-you-drive car club with a fleet of cars and vans located at convenient locations in London, Oxford, Bristol & Cambridge. Members benefit from 40 free miles, free fuel, insurance, maintenance, and the Congestion Charge is covered. With no hidden costs, Zipcar provides an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. Zipcar mem
Navman GPS devices offer the most up to date TeleAtlas maps, with 100% street network coverage for all major European countries – meaning no more getting lost at home or abroad. With the additional benefit of the S90i’s onboard camera, Eco-Rally competitors will be able to take geo-tagged Navpix of their journey along the way and upload to the Navpix library - making it even easier to share their experience with the world.