Eco Auto Show To Focus On ‘Green’ Cars

November 17, 2016

Bermuda Motors will be staging its first Eco Auto Show on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bull’s Head Car Park, Hamilton.

The event – believed to be the first of its kind in Bermuda – will showcase the company’s range of electric and hybrid vehicles and mark the public launch of the new all-electric BMW i3.

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Visitors to Saturday’s show will be able to test drive the i3 on a special rooftop track, along with other ‘green’ vehicles, including the electric Kia Soul EV, the Lexus CT200h hybrid and the Toyota Prius c.

The show will be declared open by City of Hamilton Town Crier Ed Christopher and is designed to appeal to the whole family. Free continental breakfast will be available from 10:00-11:00 a.m., and there will be a children’s fun castle, food and drink stalls, and displays promoting environmental awareness and energy efficiency featuring: Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST], Belco, The Green House Bermuda, and Bermuda Air Conditioning.

i3-charging

Krishna King, General Manager of Bermuda Motors, said: “We invite the community to come and plug into the future! The vast improvements in technology over the past few years have made ‘green’ cars a real alternative to gas-powered vehicles and we’re looking forward to showcasing the choice we offer Bermuda drivers in electric and hybrid vehicles.

“Longer battery life, greater range and improved driving performance make ‘green’ cars ideal for Bermuda’s short driving distances and urban driving conditions. They are cost-effective because of reduced fuel costs and lower mechanical maintenance, not to mention lower duty [35%].”

He said the company was particularly excited about the BMW i3, BMW’s first all-electric car, which has a range of about 120 miles on a full charge and is the world’s first series-production model to be designed for sustainability at every stage, from the development of the car to its production and everyday use.

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Mr. King said: “The i3 generates zero emissions and no odours – but feels just as dynamic to drive as you’d expect a BMW to be. Just dipping the accelerator is enough to deploy full torque and pull away powerfully in near silence. And as you lift off the accelerator, you feel the car start to brake as the i3 recovers the available kinetic energy and uses it to charge the battery.”

Although the Eco Auto Show will be focused on ‘green’ cars, Bermuda Motors will also be offering a one-day special of up to 30% off selected regular cars by BMW, Kia, Toyota and Ford.

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    What measures can be taken to make this more accessible in terms of price?

  2. Micro says:

    Electric cars are only as eco friendly as the power used to recharge them.

  3. Hope says:

    Does anyone know how much electricity it would take to fully charge one of these? I wonder what the price of that would be, compared with a 120 mile equivalent of fuel.

    • charger says:

      would be around one third of the cost in electricity.

    • Bda guy says:

      Do you know how many battery they take and do you know how much one battery costs if you did you would by Electrical car and when you go buy a battery for it you better take your heart pills with you,theyvwill never tell any of this first take from someone who knows

    • Micro says:

      Roughly $5 per 125 miles if my math is right.

  4. Kathy says:

    Is Bermuda motors going to also be involved in installing solar charging stations in parking lots around the island?

    It is important to recognise that even through EV’s are an important step forward in Bermuda, it is somewhat of an exchange – burning fuel from the car’s gas tank or burning oil from Belco.

    It would be better if these vehicles had some sort of promise of solar charging (perhaps in parking lots around Hamilton when people are at work and the sun is shining)!

    • charger says:

      To be honest there is no real need for charging stations outside of your home except for the use of high mileage vehicles such as taxis or E-scooters with relatively small batteries. That said to utilize energy gained from the sun would be ideal where it is possible.

      Because they are more efficient even using diesel generated energy from BELCO is better than burning gasoline in regular cars.

  5. Billy Bob says:

    In order for these type of vehicles to seem more appealing to buyers free parking in particular locations across the island should be considered as well as the installation of solar charging stations should be implemented