Friday, August 12, 2011 - 11:08

The new Nissan Leaf, a Land Rover concept vehicle and a Tesla Roadster sports car are some of the stars of an all-new electric car show at the Eden Project next week.


The Sexy Green Electric Vehicle Showcase runs from Monday August 15th to Sunday the 28th.


The event is a collaboration between Eden and Ecodrive, a Cornwall-based company promoting the use of electric vehicles, and is a successor to the Sexy Green Car Show, the world’s first environmentally-friendly motor show held at Eden in 2007 and 2008.


Four models, the Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot iOn, and Smart fortwo electric drive, will be available for visitors to inspect and test drive on a first come, first served basis around the edge of the Eden pit.


Also on display is the Land Rover electric game viewer concept vehicle, conceived in response to interest from a South African game park who wanted an ecologically-sensitive vehicle which is also dependable off-road. It is not for test driving but visitors will be able to ride in it.


The Land Rover is capable of a range of 80 km, equating to an eight-hour game drive and its near-silent operation makes it possible to get closer to the animals.


Another star of the show is the Tesla Roadster electric sports car, on loan from ZeroCarbonWorld from August 22-24.


Janine Kelk, Eden’s Sustainable Transport Co-ordinator, said: “The Electric Vehicle Showcase carries on the great work of the Sexy Green Car Show.


“Visitors will be able to come along and see the cars, get an understanding of how they work, how well they perform and how they might benefit their lifestyle.


“There will be plenty of free and impartial information. There’ll be no salesmen involved – just the facts as the drivers and the electric vehicle experts from Ecodrive see them. Plus there will be the fun of a test drive.”

Matthew Trevaskis, Director at Ecodrive, said: "Many people like the idea of an electric vehicle but won't necessarily go and seek them out , even if they are aware that they are now available.

"We have found that if we take the cars to people, let them drive them and also pass on the first-hand knowledge that we have built up over years of electric driving, people think more seriously about an EV as an option for them."

Entry to the showcase comes free with the usual admission prices to Eden.