Green theme’s bright fu­ture

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - Paul Gover Na­tional edi­tor

AFAIRLY mi­nor mo­tor­ing event with a much big­ger fu­ture is run­ning in Mel­bourne this week. It’s a mo­tor show, but not the way we’ve ever known them in the past. This one is limited to 17 cars.

The rea­son there are so few cars is that they must all be green cars. And that’s the rea­son it has such a big fu­ture.

As time passes, and car­mak­ers ex­pand their green fleets with all sorts of lean-burn petrol en­gines, hi-tech diesels, hy­brids and elec­tric cars, the Green Zone Drive prom­ises to be­come a sig­nif­i­cant event for peo­ple who want to change their mo­tor­ing pri­or­i­ties.

The event is the idea of a cou­ple of mo­torindus­try vet­er­ans led by John Kanangh­i­nis, for­merly a pub­lic re­la­tions chief and mar­ket­ing boss atBMWAus­tralia.

It’s not just a stand-and-look show, ei­ther. The idea be­hind the Green Zone Drive is to have peo­ple get be­hind the wheel and ac­tu­ally drive the cars, around a spe­cial cir­cuit laid out in the cen­tre of Mel­bourne.

It’s claimed as a world first and a ma­jor in­no­va­tion in green mo­tor­ing.

The event has picked up a lot of back­ing, from the Vic­to­rian govern­ment and Mel­bourne city coun­cil to EPA Vic­to­ria, Fu­ture Cli­mate Aus­tralia, Shell and even the driver train­ing ex­perts at Mur­cotts.

Nine car­mak­ers are in­volved, but the num­ber is sure to grow.

The event runs for only eight days but it’s a start and has ob­vi­ous po­ten­tial to ex­pand in com­ing years, not just in the car line-up but also its lo­ca­tion. It could eas­ily go on an Aus­trali­aw­ide tour and per­haps even head over­seas.

If you want to know more, take a look at www.green­zonedrive.com.au

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