Eco-friendly cars in fuel challenge

Over 60 electric, hybrid and low-emission cars, LCVs and motorcycles took part in a new motoring challenge to use the lowest amount of energy on a 60-mile route.

Vehicles such as the electric Mini E, Toyota Auris and Prius Hybrids, hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity, diesel-powered VW BlueMotion Golf and Tesla electric roadster took part in the inauguralRAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, which started off from Madeira Drive on the East Sussex city's seafront.

The rally, which ended in London's Pall Mall, saw trophies being awarded to the most environmentally-friendly and economical vehicles across different categories.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Electric was judged to be the best overall entry.

The event, intended at showcasing low-emission cars of the future, saw the likes of rally legends Paddy Hopkirk and David Richards, former Formula One driver Perry McCarthy and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason taking part.

Ahead of the rally, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, warned that despite having the technical innovation to attempt to cut carbon emissions from cars, their development was likely to be hampered by their expense.

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