twike car

Gearing up for a green motor show

A motor show with a difference is aiming to help the public find out all about the greenest way to travel.

The Green Motor Show, believed to be the first of its kind in the region, is being held at Somerset College, Taunton, on August 12 and 13 from 10am – 5pm.

It will showcase everything from the latest in mainstream as well as niche electric cars, to electric motorbikes and push bikes, and there will be the chance to test drive a number of them.

 “We aim to help people have a fun day and really see what their options are for a sustainable and cost effective way of travelling, by showcasing a wide variety of schemes and products,” said Sam McIntyre, Conference Manager at the College’s Taunton Conference Centre where the Show is being held.

There will also be a complementary show with a range of eco-exhibitors such as local food producers, arts and crafts, stalls plus family entertainment and live music.

In line with other College work on renewable energy and sustainability, the event is planned to be the first of an annual Green Motor Show.

It is being sponsored by Reaction Electric, the Taunton company that is bringing a large range of electric mopeds, motorbikes and push bikes to the market, and setting up a network of electric charging posts throughout Somerset.

There will be special interest vehicles like the latest Twike, a lightweight electric vehicle which appeared on The Gadget Show last year, and is steered with a joystick and does not require road tax. There will also be sports cars with electric engines, such as the Lotus, from the Green Motor Sport Company, as well as a variety of low or no carbon emission cars from mainstream manufacturers.

People will be able to see just how simple it is to charge up with electricity from a special charging post.

Caption: The Twike car – requires no road tax, steered with a joystick.