Thousands thrilled

with first low

carbon rally

Green Dragon EV Rally and Show 2019, BMW i3 with Mark Sandford and Ian Walsh
Green Dragon EV Rally and Show 2019, Hyundai Nexo

THOUSANDS of shoppers, holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts saw some of the world's most advanced cars at Britain's first exclusively low carbon rally.

Fuel cell models lined up in Swansea with a wide range of battery electric vehicles from nearly every car manufacturer selling in Britain to compete in the Green Dragon EV Rally and Show.

Streets around Castle Square were filled with examples of the latest ev cars and competition cars together with demonstrations of electric trials bikes and high performance electric racing bikes which have lapped the Isle of Man TT Course, along with an Aston Martin Rapide-eand Renault's e Rally Zoe, the UK's first homologated electric rally car.

There was a special Future is Electric Forum at the city's Dylan Thomas Centre before the eventwith expert speakers on electric and hydrogen vehicles.

The event's action began in Swansea city centre before touring around the Gower Peninsula and autotests at Swansea Airport, Fairwood, before finishing in Castle Square in front of hundreds of shoppers.

The autotests decided the winner of the inaugural Grove Trophy, commissioned to mark the contribution of the Swansea academic Sir William Robert Grove, who created the fuel cell in Swansea in the 1840s.

That honour went to University ofWales Trinity Saint David transport lecturer Mark Sandford driving a BMW i3 from BMW Sytner, Swansea.

Accepting the trophy, Mark Sandford said: "I think I had the ideal car for the tests with its very tight turning circle and there was still a lot of range left in the car after nearly 60 miles and some performance driving at the autotests."

A Nissan LEAF took second place and a Hyundai Nexo was third, and was the first fuel cell car, although just two seconds separated the top trio.

The event was promoted by the Low Carbon Motor Club and organised by Maesteg MC with support from Swansea Business Improvement District, Swansea City and County Council, Swansea Airport and the Welsh Automotive Forum.

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