Lotus plans to be greenest car maker
04 June 2008 10:44
Lotus will find out this month if its bid to become Britain’s cleanest car maker has been successful. Lotus and green fuel specialist Ecotricity plan to erect three wind turbines to supply all the company’s electricity needs – and make it the UK’s first electric carbon-neutral car factory.
Any excess power created by the 60m diameter wind turbines will be fed back into the national grid – earning money for Group Lotus. The three turbines will produce 6MW, enough electricity to power 5250 homes.
Lotus plans dashed by the RAF
However, the planning application has already been thwarted once – by the RAF which claimed the 120m tall wind turbines could damage radar performance at nearby RAF Trimingham. It has subsequently withdrawn its objection.
The revised application is now before South Norfolk District Council, which will announce its decision on 11 June 2008.
Free electricity… what’s not to like?
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: ‘This is an exciting project, and I'm delighted that Lotus is taking its responsibility to the environment so seriously. The company won't be spending any additional money on its energy supply, but will have peace of mind knowing that its all part of a growing movement to redress climate change.’
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