Renault Zoe wins RAC Future Car Challenge

6 Nov, 2012 12:14pm Damion Smy

The Renault Zoe has won the third annual Brighton-to-London eco race

The Renault Zoe has won the third annual Brighton-to-London RAC Future Car Challenge.

The event, which was held on Saturday 3 November, is designed to showcase low and zero-emission vehicles, which compete in an economy drive from Brighton to the capital in a battle for efficiency bragging rights.

The Zoe won the Best Pure Electric Vehicle category after using the least amount of electrical energy to complete the 63-mile course. The Zoe was also awarded the Most Energy Efficient Small Car award, and took the overall win for being the most efficient car.

The Renault Kangoo ZE was named the Best Commercial Vehicle, giving Renault a fourth trophy from the event.

The Vauxhall Ampera won a pair of awards, for the Best Extended Range Vehicle and Most Energy Efficient Regular Car category. Vauxhall collected a third trophy for Best Fuel Cell Vehicle with its HydroGen4 crossover concept, based on the US-market Chevrolet Equinox.

The Mercedes E300 Hybrid won the Most Efficient Hybrid and Most Efficient Luxury Car awards, while the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics won the Most Efficient Internal Combustion Engine class.

Jaguar fielded an electric-powered version of its XJ saloon, the Jaguar XJ_e PHEV, in the prototype class to win the Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car (prototype) while also picking up the Technical Panel’s Award of Merit.

You can read our full report on the RAC Future Car Challenge in the 21 November issue of Auto Express.