Sexy Green Car Show 2008

Posted on: 22 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Morgan, Lotus, Ford and Citroen are among the marques showing off green cars at the Eden Project.

Tiff Needell, presenter of Channel 5's Fifth Gear and former Le Mans and Formula 1 racing driver, opens the world's premier eco-friendly motor show at the Eden Project in Cornwall on Thursday 22nd May.

The second Co-operative Insurance Eden Sexy Green Car Show is on until Saturday 31st May and will feature a wide range of the greenest cars on the planet.

Lotus, one of the most famous names in the car industry, is bringing its Exige 270E Tri-Fuel for its UK debut. This car of the future is proof that motors can be both green and sexy. It has a top speed of 158 mph and does 0-60 mph in 3.88 seconds, yet runs on petrol, bioethanol or methanol.

Ultimately, the sports car could be 'carbon-neutral', says Lotus Engineering. Its emissions would be balanced by recovering waste carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to make methanol. Within 15-20 years, Lotus hopes to see large-scale methanol production 'recycling' the carbon dioxide produced by factories. The model may mark a step forwards in the hunt for cleaner fuels, especially because the technology can slot into any conventional car.

British company Axon Automotive will be showcasing their yet-to-be-named eco-friendly hatchback in the shadow of Eden's world-famous Biomes. Axon Automotive, based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, aims to be the most sustainable car manufacturer in Europe and launched the company at last year's Sexy Green Car Show. They claim their new eco-friendly hatchback will be capable of delivering 100 miles per gallon with sub-80g per kilometre CO2 emissions.

A new Ford Focus ECOnetic, one of the stars of The Co-operative Insurance Sexy Green Car Show 2008, in the Eden Project's Mediterranean BiomeThe most eco-friendly version of Ford's best-selling Focus is to have its UK launch at the show. With a 1.6-litre diesel engine, the Focus ECOnetic produces 115g of CO2 per kilometre and boasts fuel economy of almost 66 miles per gallon.

The Focus has seen its CO2 emissions fall by 13 per cent from 130g/km at its launch in 1998. The environmental impact of the car's production is also reduced as its engine is assembled at Ford's wind-powered Dagenham Diesel Centre.

Also on display at Ford's The Co-operative Insurance Sexy Green Car Show stand will be the story behind the company's latest green models.

Classic British manufacturer Morgan's futuristic LIFECar is to make its UK debut at the show. The LIFECar concept was the brainchild of Morgan and Hugo Spowers of RiverSimple, a specialist company investigating new ideas in environmentally sound transport.

Based upon the design of the company’s ultra-sleek Aero-8 roadster, the LIFECar combines unique futuristic styling with Morgan's trademark retro-charm. Morgan and Spowers say it has an energy consumption equivalent to 150 miles per gallon on petrol, can reach 0-60 miles per hour in just seven seconds, has a top speed of up to 85 miles per hour and has an average range of 250 miles.

Unlike hybrid and bio-fuel cars already on the market, the LIFECar produces zero harmful emissions - the only waste product released from the car is water vapour.

The car also employs the latest braking technology which allows it to store the energy used when braking much more efficiently than in normal regenerative braking systems. This energy is stored in a bank of ultra capacitors which can absorb and release energy more efficiently and quickly than batteries. The result is that up to 50 per cent of the energy used to brake can then be re-used to accelerate and the fuel cell can be much lower power without affecting the acceleration.

Along with the unique combination of technology, the car is designed to be as minimalist and lightweight as possible to improve fuel efficiency.

Citroën's most eco-friendly model, the C1, will also be one of the stars of the show. With its nippy 1.0i petrol engine, the C1 boasts ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and is one of the most economical cars you can buy, with up to 68.9mpg on the combined cycle. The C1 will take pride of place alongside Citroën’s C2 VTS HDi and the Grand C4 Picasso - two more models that demonstrate the company’s firm commitment to producing stylish and practical vehicles that deliver excellent fuel economy as well as solid green credentials.

The C2 VTS HDi proves that cars can be both high performers and ecological, with the diesel’s punchy 1.6HDi unit offering a frugal 64mpg on the combined cycle, low CO2 emissions of 119g/km yet acceleration of 0-60mph in just 9.4 seconds and reaching to a top speed of 120mph.

Citroën’s multi award-winning Grand C4 Picasso demonstrates that a large family car can also be a clean one. The spacious 7-seater’s ultra efficient 1.6HDi DPFS engine emits just 150g/km of CO2 and with its intelligent Electronic Gearbox System (EGS), fuel economy is optimised at 49.6mpg on the combined cycle.

Eden recently produced an exciting new mini-movie in which the classic car chase from The Italian Job meets the Eden Project, starring three Citroëns, a grand staircase, one stunned gardener and more than a million plants.

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