Green Cars at the British International Motor Show

The British International Motor Show opens to the public this week on 23 July. Green-Car-Guide will be covering everything you need to know with a special feature, however in the meantime here’s a preview of some of the green cars on show.

The Co-operative Insurance Greener Driving Pavilion will feature interactive displays, vehicle cutaways and simulators alongside exciting new environmental automotive technologies including fuel cells, electric vehicles and hybrids.

The Greener Driving Pavilion also includes the Electric Vehicle Village. Electric vehicles on show include two two-seater sports cars – the Electric Lightning GT and the Tesla Roadster. The Show also boasts the Ze-o, the first family size, five-seater MPV showcased by leading EV retailer, NICE, as well as models from G-Wiz and the new brand Quiet Cars. And the new TH!NK city car is on show, the world’s only crash-tested and highway-certified electric car, not a quadricycle, with a top speed of 65 mph and an in-town range of 126 miles on a full charge.

Elsewhere, Honda will reveal a lightweight, low-emission sports car as well as showcasing their new fuel cell car, the Honda FCX Clarity. Other low-emission cars include Ford’s Fiesta ECOnetic, Citroen’s C-Cactus, Cadillac’s hydrogen powered SUV Provoq, Morgan’s hydrogen powered Life Car, Opel’s MPV concept car Flextreme and the Kia Eco_cee’d.

Other new small cars also include the Toyota iQ , new SEAT Ibiza and Alfa Romeo MiTo.

UKLPG, the trade association of the LPG industry in the UK, will also be demonstrating that LPG autogas is a greener, cleaner – and dramatically cheaper – alternative to petrol.

The British International Motor Show will be open to the public from 23 July until 3 August 2008 at ExCeL London. Adult tickets start at just £10, children’s tickets from £6. Family tickets cost from £25, while group tickets start at £8. For more information about the Show or to book tickets visit www.britishmotorshow.co.uk .