Taking the initiative to save the environment

9th Winchester  'Alternative Transport Day' - Thursday 22 September 2005

There was plenty of interest shown in vehicles of all kinds at Winchester's 'Alternative Transport Day'.

Alternative fuel vehicles, LPG scooters and electric bikes were just some of the means of transport being promoted to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and noise in the city.  The event was aimed at raising awareness of cheaper, cleaner and more energy efficient ways of getting around.

The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Neil Baxter, visited exhibitors during the morning and tried out an LPG scooter which costs only 2 pence a mile to run, and took a test drive in a hybrid Lexus RX400h.

Hampshire Constabulary will be the first police force in the UK to evaluate the fully marked operational Lexus RX400h.  They will have it for at least 3 weeks and it will be driven by members of the Force Driving School as well as officers from the Force's Road Policing Unit.

The vehicle is an advanced hybrid SUV comprising a petrol engine and two electric motors and a generator that work in harmony to provide the power of a V8 conventional engine. The vehicle delivers superb MPG and has significantly reduced emissions.