Electric cars get year-long trial

Low carbon electric cars are to be tested in a new year-long trial, in order to see whether changes need to be made to the UK's infrastructure before green travel is possible.

A team of 25 independent drivers, including former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson, will test the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicles (i-MiEVs).

They will be monitored by Aston University in Birmingham to see what changes may be needed. Nationwide charging points have already been outlined as a necessary infrastructure update.

The Government-supported trial is the first of eight scheduled to take place across the country as part of a £25 million scheme from the Technology Strategy Board. 

It is being run by the Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators (CABLED) consortium. In total, 340 vehicles will be tested, with funding also coming from the Department for Transport.

Mr Willson said: "These first EVs (electric vehicles) that go on the Technology Strategy Board's demonstrator trial mark the start of a seismic shift in the sort of cars we drive and how we power them.

"The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a forerunner of a transport revolution that eventually will change the world."

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