City loses out on test project for ‘world’s green­est car’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.

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