Zero-emission car and van launched

Up to 1,000 "green" vehicles that do the equivalent of 250 miles to the gallon could be produced within the first year of their launch, the manufacturers have said.

The zero-emission, electric cars and vans produced by Stevens Vehicles, based in Port Talbot, South Wales, will cost under 2p a mile to run, the company said.

They will not produce toxins, pollutants, particulates, carbon derivatives or greenhouses gases, and will not need road tax. The vehicles will have a top speed of 56mph and a maximum range of 50 miles before they have to be re-charged, which can be done overnight from any standard 13-amp electric socket.

The Zecar is a family-sized vehicle capable of carrying five adults, while the Zevan has a square side load bay large enough to take standard pallets.

Both models were designed and developed by Professor Tony Stevens, whose son Peter set up Stevens Vehicles to manufacture the vehicles for the UK market. They are currently able to produce one vehicle a day with the ability to scale up to 1,000 models a year.

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