As the official energy and electric vehicle charging partner to the RAC Future Car Challenge, we were there at the start line last Saturday to see Councillor Bill Randall, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, flag off the many well-known personalities and low-emission vehicle enthusiasts as they embarked on the 63-mile route from Brighton to London using the least amount of energy possible.
The cars began their Challenge at Brighton’s Madeira Drive bright and early at 7:30am. Entrants began arriving at the finish line, which was Imperial College, Pall Mall from 10:30am following a halfway stop at Central Sussex College, Crawley. The vehicles were then paraded under RAC escort to The Regent Street Motor Show, where we had our British Gas stand showcasing our involvement in electric vehicles and our role as leaders in the field of installing electric vehicle charging solutions.
Some of the well-known personalities who took part in the RAC Future Car Challenge included:
• Red Dwarf actor and green car ambassador, Robert Llewellyn, in a Vauxhall Ampera
• Smooth Radio DJ, Mark Goodier, in a Mitsubishi i-Miev
• Team GB Olympic swimmer, Ross Davenport, in a Toyota Prius Plug in
• BBC Top Gear’s former Stig, Ben Collins, in a Nissan Leaf
• Donald Wales, Motoring world record holder, in Hitachi’s, Vauxhall Ampera
Ben Collins, former Stig and now Hollywood stunt driver said: “Over the years I've driven practically every car on the planet. The pace of change in technology has been phenomenal, especially for electric and hybrid cars where fuel efficiency is finally being matched by performance. That's how Audi won the Le Mans 24 hours this year and how I hauled an Electric powered Supercar like the Tesla around the Top Gear track as fast as a Ferrari!
“It’s great to be involved in the RAC Future Car Challenge with British Gas, because it's British Gas which is rolling out the charging infrastructure to make electric cars and vans a practical reality. This superb event showcases just how far electric vehicles have come, how easy they are to use and how affordable they are to run.”
Major car manufacturers also taking part included Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
Winners of the RAC Future Car Challenge were awarded in a special presentation ceremony at the Regent Street Motor Show, which celebrates the 19th-21st centuries of motoring with a special focus on cars of the future.
We were thrilled to see Robert Llewellyn’s Vauxhall Ampera win the ‘Most Energy Efficient Regular Car – Production’ category and Renault take home the Overall Production Car gong for the Renault ZOE.
British Gas partners Vauxhall and Renault won awards in several other categories too, proving that electric vehicles are leading the way as cars of the future. We're also the UK charger-installing partner for Nissan, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Toyota, and Mitsubishi and were proud to charge all of the electric vehicles prior to the Future Car Challenge.
Smooth DJ, Mark Goodier, also part of the British Gas Team said: “Even though I’ve been driving electric vehicles for a decade, they’re still very new to most people. As the current owner of two EVs, it’s great to see so many car manufacturers and British Gas coming together to show people how accessible this technology has become. I’ve experienced first-hand how EVs can have a significant impact on people’s carbon profile in both the home and their motoring.”
We are proud to be an official partner of the RAC Future Car Challenge and leaders in the field of installing electric vehicle charging solutions. We have been working hard to make it cheaper and easier to own and run an electric vehicle through options such as our special Off Peak-Saver Tariff specially designed with EV users in mind and our British Gas Payment Plan which allows you to spread the cost of your electric vehicle charging point over a period of 12 months.
The British Gas home charging solution is convenient, compatible and, most importantly, safer. That's why we're the UK charger-installing partner for Nissan, Renault, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Toyota, Vauxhall, and Mitsubishi. We also charged all of the Electric Vehicles prior to the Future Car Challenge this Saturday.
Take a look at our video from the Future Car Challenge and Regent Street Motor Show below for an idea of what went on: