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Britain’s first EV and FCV rally gets into gear

Electric and Hydrogen vehicles will be taking to the road in Swansea

Swansea is gearing up for the a unique look into the future of transportation as the Green Dragon EV Rally and the Future of Electric Show takes to the streets on Saturday August 24th this coming August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Promoted by Low Carbon MC and organised by Maesteg Motor Club in association with Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) the Green Dragon EV Rally and Show is due to become an annual fixture on the Swansea calendar.

This year’s inaugural event is focused on all forms of transportation electric and hydrogen. The Green Dragon EV Rally is open to drivers of Electric and Hydrogen vehicles and will take participants on a 60 mile run around our stunning Gower Peninsula with a stop for an autotest at Swansea Airport en-route. The event with an expected entry of 30 vehicles will start and finish in Castle Square during Saturday, August 24th with participants aiming to be the first winner of the William Grove Trophy. William Grove, a Swansea man, is regarded by many as the father of the modern day fuel cell.

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Throughout the day the Future of Electric Show will take place in and around Castle Square, with exhibits and demonstrations from a wide range of automotive manufacturers, dealers and companies involved in the fast moving electric and hydrogen powered transportation industry. Exhibits will be displayed from Castle Square along Princess Way, Union Street, Portland Street and Oxford Street.

Toyota Mirai Hydrogen car

It’s not just about cars though, as there will be displays of electric bikes, scooters and other emobility products such as bicycles and autonomous vehicles alongside sporting examples of race and rally cars and bikes.

Spectators in the Square will be treated to a very special display from Wales’ leading young trials’ team. The 4-12 year olds are members of the Trials Training Wales Club and will be thrilling everyone with an exciting display of tricks and stunts on the latest electric motor-cycles.

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Entry to the public is free for this family-friendly event designed to provide an entertaining and educational glimpse into the transportation future of all our lives.

On Friday evening, August 23rd, there will be a Forum at the Dylan Thomas Centre discussing the future of transportation with guest speakers. Tickets for this event are available from the promoters. The Forum will be followed by a Hog Roast in the grounds of the Centre. Exhibits from the Show along with Green Dragon EV Rally cars will provide the backdrop for the event.

The Green Dragon EV Rally will be flagged away from the Start/Finish line in Castle Square at 10.00 with the Show open from 09.00am to 4pm.

Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID, said:

“We are very pleased to sponsor the inaugural Green Dragon EV Rally, which is set to draw a crowd to the City Centre during the August Bank Holiday.  The future of transportation is something that will influence all our lives in the years to come and staging such an event will give a fascinating insight into how fast electric and hydrogen powered transportation is developing. Since Swansea City Centre is going through its most important regeneration and renaissance at the moment, with future technologies being part of the wider Swansea City Deal regeneration, we feel this event is timely and appropriate for Swansea. The Future of Electric Show will be both entertaining and educational and we encourage visitors to make a day of it and enjoy the exhibition, as well as the City Centre shops, restaurants and bars while soaking up what is sure to be an electric atmosphere.”

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