Friday, 26 August 2011

Midlands Showcase of 'Green' Vehicles

The Microcab hydrogen powered car will appear at the show

By Ben Aulakh

Some of the world’s most advanced low-carbon vehicles are coming to the Midlands this September.

Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Coventry University are joining forces to showcase the latest hydrogen and battery powered cars at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition.

The vehicles, all developed in Coventry and Warwickshire, will be the highlight of the, LCV exhibition, being held for the first time this year at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire, on September 7 and 8.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities at Warwickshire County Council said, “Coventry and Warwickshire is home to some of the world’s most renowned automotive companies.

“Many of these global organisations are leading the way when it comes to low carbon technologies, collectively spending billions of pounds on research and development.” 

The Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition is the perfect platform to showcase these technologies to both the public and the business community.”

The LCV exhibition, now in its fourth year, is being held at Rockingham for the first time having outgrown its old venue, something organisers put down to the growing interest in the increasingly important low-carbon sector.

The event will feature three low carbon cars, the Microcab, which uses a engine powered on hydrogen, the battery-powered Tata Ace EV, and the Mia, in which Evida, who recently relocated to Coventry, will be showcasing their latest battery technology.

In addition, Eon will be providing an electric vehicle charging post similar to those installed around Coventry as part of the CABLED scheme, Coventry and Warwickshire Low Emissions Demonstrator project, a 12-month trial of electric vehicles.
The Tata Ace Ev will also feature at the show

John Latham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development at Coventry University said,  “The Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition affords businesses both small and large the chance to take advantage of the business and manufacturing opportunities emerging as a result of the UK’s green 

“The University’s on going investment and research into low emissions related automotive technologies are one of a number of initiatives in the area, underlining the region’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art expertise to help grow Britain’s green economy.”

Coventry and Warwickshire are both currently home to a many of the big players at the forefront of research and development in the green sector, such as WMG, Ricardo, MIRA, Prodrive, BMW, Coventry University and Jaguar Land Rover. 

Jaguar Land Rover alone recently invested more than £1 billion on environmental innovations for its range of cars.

Cllr Linda Bigham, Cabinet Member for City Development, said: “The low carbon economy is an opportunity for major growth, both in England and worldwide. 

“Businesses in the area are leading the way in the design, development and manufacture of the technologies required to meet the demand, it will hopefully bring new jobs to contribute to a sustainable future for local communities.”

To attend the event, register on the website at

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