City loses out on test project for ‘world’s greenest car’
HOPES that the city could become the centre for the construction and testing of the greenest car in the world have been dashed.
Last year, Peterborough was said to be one of the main contenders for the production of a hydrogenpowered car.
However, Riversimple, the company behind the urban and environmentally friendly car, have decided to locate their project to one of the city’s rivals.
A total of 30 of the vehi- cles will be leased to motorists in Leicester, after Riversimple signed a deal with Leicester City Council.
Today, the leader of Peterborough City Council, councillor Marco Cereste, spoke of his disappointment at the news.
He said: “It’s a shame. I would always prefer to see new businesses setting up in Peterborough.”
Cllr Cereste also said he remained adamant that the future for the city is ecofriendly businesses.
“I do still want environmental firms to come to the city,” he added.
The 12-month pilot in Leicester will be up and running in spring 2012.
If the trial is a success, discussions will then take place between Riversimple and Leicester City Council over a potential factory site able to create up to 5,000 cars a year.
The Riversimple car uses a 6kw hydrogen fuel cell and emits nothing but water from its exhaust.