Electric motoring for 390 miles
Last updated at 14:35, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
TECHNOLOGY can be used to tackle environmental problems, according to an adventure-seeking student from Muncaster.
Ewan Frost-Pennington, whose family lives at Muncaster Castle, will take on a 390-mile round trip to Dartmoor in Devon in an electric car. Starting tomorrow, (thurs) his route is set to take two days.
Mr Frost-Pennington, a science student at Edinburgh University, will complete the journey in a Vauxhall Ampera electric car which normally uses a 1.6 petrol engine as back- up.
In order to prove electric cars are a viable alternative, the student will only be using the electric motor in the car. It was provided by Zero Carbon World, who have also installed electric charging stations at locations along the route.
Mr Frost-Pennington, who is studying a degree in environmental and sustainable chemistry, said: “I live in a remote area and with trains stopping after 6pm and not running on Sundays it is hard not to be reliant on cars.
“We know that conventional cars are very bad for the environment. I want to show that being green doesn’t have to be difficult and can be just as good as the way people live and travel currently.
“Electric cars are not just for the rich or the hard-core environmentalists, they are becoming affordable, with running costs of only one pound for up to 50 miles.”
Charlie Roberts, marketing manager for Zero Carbon World, is accompany Mr Frost-Pennington on the trip.
He said: “The trip has required very little advanced planning in terms of where to charge and this situation will only get better as time goes on.”
Muncaster Castle, which is involved in a host of environmentally sustainable projects such as electric bike hire, will also be planting 30 oak trees, which will more than offset the journey to Devon.
Mr Frost-Pennington added: “For this trip we will only need to plant one tree, however as a group we have decided to plant 30 trees. I aim to show that technology can tackle environmental problems without lifestyle compromises.”
First published at 13:46, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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390 miles in 48 hours!
Perhaps we should bin the electric conveyance altogether and return to the era of the stage coach as they could cover a similar distance at the same speed and carry more people.
IF ITS 390 MILES HE MUST BE GOING AS THE CROW FLYS!