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Backing the new all-British electric car

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The phrase ‘electric car’ probably conjures an image that is more milk float than sleek sports car. However, as Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn recently found out, this technology has come a long way in recent years.


The Lightning electric car debuted in Parliament so MPs could see for themselves its impressive environmental credentials. An all-British designed and manufactured car, the fully electric ‘Lightning’ comes from a small group the Lightning Car Company who want to ensure that the next chapter of UK motoring is a green one.


Meg said:


‘It was fascinating to see just how far green technology has come in recent years. It’s very pleasing that it’s a British company that is ahead of the pack in this sector of the car market. It’s important we nurture these innovative  companies, ensure they get full support to enable then to carry one this vital work for the future.’


The car is one of the greenest sports cars on the market, and Lightning is developing a family saloon car using the same chassis and green technology. The car has a range of over 180 miles on a single charge.


Like the modern crop of F1 racing cars, the car also features an advanced energy recovery system which allows it to take heat and energy normally lost under braking and feed it back into the battery for future use. Powered by four state-of-the-art electric motors housed within the wheels, the car is the product of an intensive nine month development schedule led by a small team of engineers and designers.


The viewing was organised by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Design & Innovation, in partnership with innovation consultants Frost & Sullivan, and British design and build.


Associated Photograph :

Meg with ‘Lightening’.

Meg with ‘Lightening’.

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