About 30 low-carbon vehicles took part in the Future Car Challenge on Saturday, November 3rd 2012 with the aim of using as little energy as possible in the journey from Brighton to London following a mixed urban, suburban and highway route. The event is hosted annually by the Royal Automobile Club of Great Britain.
The Emerald t-001 completed the 103km (64 mile) course starting from the Grand Parade on Brighton’s seafront in heavy rain at around 7.45am.
The vehicle covered the first 54 miles in all-electric operation and achieved an average 1.84 l/100km (154mpg) on its journey to central London. In Regent Street, the vehicle joined a display of vintage and future vehicles which were admired by thousands of passers-by.
Emerald’s Technical Director, Ian Collins, said “The Future Car Challenge gave us a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the extraordinary performance of the t-001 in real-world driving conditions with authoritative, impartial measurements carried out by experts at Imperial College, London.”