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LCV2011 , the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle event , hosted by Cenex , will take place on 7 and 8 September at Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Many of the world’s major car, commercial vehicle and public service vehicle manufacturers will join a record number of technology and infrastructure businesses showcasing products at LCV2011.

See our review of LCV2010 .

Brands including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Iveco and Mercedes-Benz have confirmed they will exhibit at the event, which combines a business-to-business conference, exhibition and ride-and-drive experience.

LCV2011 takes place at Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire and is hosted by Cenex, the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies.

Alongside a range of vehicles available for delegates to experience on the ride-and-drive course – from hybrids and highly advanced internal combustion powered vehicles, to those powered by batteries and hydrogen fuel cells – there will be a busy conference programme, which will be opened by Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise.

The preliminary speaker line-up includes the Rt Hon Lord Paul Drayson (former Minister of State for Science and Innovation and now Managing Partner in Drayson Racing Technologies LLP), Iain Gray (Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board), Jerry Hardcastle (chair of the Technology Group of the Automotive Council) and Michael Hurwitz (Director, Office of Low Emission Vehicles).

The exhibition space at LCV2011, which has been extended by an extra 40 per cent due to demand, will feature more than 87 of UK’s leading technology and solutions providers, whose innovations are at the heart of low carbon vehicles and their supporting infrastructure.

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which supports UK innovation, is a major partner in LCV2011. As well as hosting its own exhibition arena at the event, the TSB will use LCV2011 to publish data from the first three months of the world’s largest low carbon vehicle trial. The study is monitoring 329 electric and low carbon cars of all types – from vans to luxury sports cars – on UK roads as part of the TSB’s Ultra Low Carbon vehicle Demonstrator programme, launched in 2009.

Over the two-day event it is anticipated that exhibitors will be joined by over 2,000 delegates from vehicle manufacturers, the motor industry supply chain, infrastructure providers and fleet operators.

Brendan Connor, Cenex Chairman says: “I’m greatly encouraged by the response of the industry to LCV2011. The breadth of technologies that will be on display at LCV2011 proves that the UK automotive industry is at the forefront of developing future mobility solutions.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that the industry’s first challenge is to advance the technologies – and required infrastructures – to make low carbon vehicles more economic to manufacture and easier to sell. The second challenge is to educate buyers – private, public and commercial – about the range of options available now and in the future.

“LCV2011 is about increasing the momentum in overcoming these challenges and helping exhibitors and delegates – whether manufacturers, technology innovators or end users from the public and private sectors – to do business together,” concludes Connor.

Vehicles that will be present include the Ford ECOnetic Fiesta, Ford Transit Connect BEV, Vauxhall Ampera, Land Rover Range-E, Range Rover Evoque, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Mercedes-Benz Hydrogen fuel cell Vito van, MINI E, Smiths Electric Newton 7.5-tonne electric truck, Smiths Electric Edison 17-seat electric minibus, Iveco Daily CNG van, Iveco EuroCargo Hybrid truck, Smart ForTwo ed, Toyota Auris hybrid, and Toyota Prius plug-In hybrid.

The speakers on day one (7 September) – the theme for which is ‘Sustainable growth within the automotive supply chain’ – include Mark Prisk – Conservative MP, Iain Gray – Technology Strategy Board, Graham Hoare – Ford, and Bob Joyce – Jaguar Land Rover.

The theme for the second day is ‘Sustainable market uptake of low carbon vehicles and the associated supporting infrastructure’.  Speakers confirmed for day two include the Rt Hon Lord Drayson – Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, Michael Hurwitz – Office for Low Emission Vehicles,
David Moss – Nissan, and Andrew Everett – Technology Strategy Board.

The technology exhibition hall features more than 65 organisations which are involved in the development or manufacture of enabling technologies or solutions for low carbon vehicles, or for the supporting infrastructure for users of the technologies. A sample of the technology innovators exhibiting at LCV2011 include Ashwoods Automotive, the UK’s largest producer of electric vans; AVL Powertrain, developers of electric powertrain technology; Axeon,  developers of battery technologies for electric vehicles; Elektromotive, showcasing its newly-developed home charger for electric vehicles; Flybrid Systems, showcasing its flywheel-based hybrid system; Foremost Electronics, developer of electric vehicle charging connectors; IDIADA will exhibit its electric version of the Nissan Cabstar; and Zytek will showcase its involvement in the Gordon Murray T.27 electric vehicle.