Some of the world’s most advanced cars will be gathering in Swansea today for Britain’s first exclusively low carbon rally.
Toyota and Hyundai fuel cell models will line up with a wide range of battery electric vehicles from nearly every manufacturer selling in Britain to compete in the Green Dragon EV Rally and Show on Saturday.
Streets around Castle Square will be filled with examples of the latest ev cars and competition cars together with demonstrations of electric trials bikes.
There will be a special Future is Electric Forum at the Dylan Thomas Centre this evening with expert speakers on electric and hydrogen vehicles and on saturday the event moves around Gower and has autotests at Swansea Airport, Fairwood, at lunchtime before finishing in Castle Square.
The autotests will decide the winner of the inaugural Grove Trophy, commissioned to mark the contribution of the Swansea academic Sir William Robert Grove, who created the fuel cell in Swansea in the 1840s.
The event this weekend has been promoted by the Low Carbon MC and organised by Maesteg MC with support from Swansea Business Improvement District.
Companies making parts for electric and hydrogen cars are the latest supporters of the Green Dragon Rally.
The Welsh Automotive Forum, which is the voice of the components industry in Wales, is the latest to back the event in Swansea this Bank Holiday weekend.
WAF ceo Tim Williams said, “The Green Dragon Rally is a groundbreaking and exciting venture at the cutting edge of the industry which means so much to everyone who works in it and benefits from it in a variety of ways.
“It rightly celebrates the genius of Sir William Robert Grove who invented the fuel cell in 1840 and which is going to be the key to future transport on land and water as we work towards a low and then zero carbon emissions society.”