The Revolve Eco-Rally will start in Brighton and finish in London on Monday 8th June. The idea is to showcase some of the latest low emission vehicles, which will feature power sources such as hydrogen, bio-methanol/ethanol and electric.
The event will end at City Hall, London, where the convoy will be officially welcomed into the city by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson has used many opportunities recently to convey his enthusiasm for low emission vehicles, even using his presentation to go off on a tangent at Ecobuild – the sustainable construction event – to talk about electric cars in the capital. His aim is to cut carbon emissions in London by 60 per cent by 2025.
Boris said “The Revolve Eco-Rally is a great way to promote the use of less polluting, low carbon transport which I am also championing in the capital. So I am delighted that for the first time, the 2009 Eco-Rally will draw to a triumphant close right outside London’s City Hall”.
There will be familiar faces driving the cars including actor and writer Robert Llewellyn, motor-racing legend, John Surtees, Barron Bassam of Brighton, the House of Lords Chief Whip, Zac Goldsmith, environmentalist and a Conservative parliamentary candidate; and the TV presenter Penny Poyzer.
Lord Mandelson recently said “The world’s car industry is at a turning point. In Britain, we need to be at the leading edge of the development of low carbon vehicles and green manufacturing. This offers a major business opportunity for us.”