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The GreenZone drive al­lows or­di­nary driv­ers and show­room shop­pers to take a no-pres­sure test drive to as­sess the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in green en­ergy.

‘‘ To date we have pro­vided al­most 2000 test drives over three events,’’ says GreenZone spokesman Alexander Corne.

‘‘ The range of el­i­gi­ble ve­hi­cles in­creases each time the event is held, as new mod­els ar­rive or are pre­viewed at the event. Typ­i­cally there will be 10-12 dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles avail­able to drive.

‘‘ The GreenZone pro­gram be­gan in Mel­bourne in Oc­to­ber 2010, with a sec­ond event in 2011 in the Vic­to­rian cap­i­tal as well as one in Ade­laide in Oc­to­ber last year.

The or­gan­is­ers hope to even­tu­ally have annual drives across Aus­tralia, as well as tak­ing the con­cept over­seas.

‘‘ The aim is to pro­vide the pub­lic with a real-world test drive of low, ul­tra-low and zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles, so they can see th­ese now pro­vide a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to con­sider when pur­chas­ing a new ve­hi­cle. Th­ese in­clude high ef­fi­ciency petrol and diesel, hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles,’’ Corne says.

‘‘ It is not a sell­ing event, but an ex­pe­ri­en­tial event.’’

The GreenZone drive will run at the RACV Royal Pines Re­sort from Au­gust 10-13. View green­

In the zone: More and more ve­hi­cles are avail­able to test drive

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