Arrive N Drive demonstrates the future of sustainable motoring

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This years' GreenFleet series of events kicked off in style on May 12th with the 2010 Arrive 'N' Drive in association with TRACKER, at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northants. The day saw a huge demonstration of low and zero missions cars and commercial vehicles that will help to slash emissions from fleets around the world.

Visitors to the event were able to test drive low emission vehicles from leading manufacturers, such qs Citroën, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Peugeot, Toyota, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Fiat, SEAT, Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Kia and Mazda.

Motoring Journalist Quentin Willson, who champions the cause for environmental motoring, stated: "This here today really is the crucible of whats going to happen. There's stuff here, such as the Citroen C-Zero, which I have never even seen before, let alone driven. For fleet drivers, journalists and everyone in attendance, its an absolutely fantastic event to be able to have access to these cars."

Watch GreenFleet Editor Angela Pisanu interview Quentin Willson at the event

Quentin took the new Citroën C-ZERO for a spin round the Rockingham track. The full-electric C-ZERO is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 47 kW or 64 bhp EEC from 3,000 to 6,000 rpm.

On the track at lunchtime, were from Cambridge and Durham Universities competing to see which Solar Powered car could complete the fastest lap. Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) took the Endeavour out for a spin, while Durham showcased their incredible DUSC.

See solar powered cars in action at the Arrive 'N' Drive

Quentin continued: "The Government needs to put more subsidies behind it, but this is an exploding market. What we see here now will be in mainstream suburbia within three years. The Lib Dems and Conservatives have a huge remit to deliver a low carbon economy.  Sustainable motoring will be massive."

Featured in the EV Arena was Aixam's Multitruck, a light commercial vehicle offered with a choice of van, tipper, Rossi tipper, pick-up or dropside body configurations.  Also proving popular in the arena were electric bikes from e-motive, Wisper, and Solstis.

The exhibition area in pit block two, Elektromotive had the Elektrobay on show, an innovative charging solution which can be installed at the kerbside or in multi-storey car parks.

The Energy Saving Trust were on hand to offer advice and free trial lessons as part of its Smarter Driving programme. This provides subsidised driver training to help businesses and individuals save money and reduce their carbon emissions through lower fuel consumption.  The key to the programme is short-duration training from highly experienced fleet driving instructors.

For a full list of exhibitors and pictures from the event, visit

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