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Oxford City Council this weekend becomes the first city in the united kingdom to host the conference and general as...
Oxford City Council this weekend becomes the first city in the united kingdom to host the conference and general assembly of Citilec - the association of European cities with an interest in electric vehicles.

Today saw the opening of 'Twelve Electric Hours' - two days of six-hour-long trials for various types of electric vehicles that will drive round the city to be judged on their performance.

Gill Sanders, chair of Oxford City Council's highways and traffic committee said:

'This is an excellent opportunity to see electric vehicles coping with the ultimate test of actual road conditions and learn, from the experience of others, what electric vehicles could do for Oxford.'

Citilec's executive council and general assembly both meet on Saturday, after which the results of the Twelve Electric Hours contest will be announced.

Speakers at the conference include Professor Macrory, director of the environmental change unit at Oxford University; Dr Eoin Lees, director general of the Energy Saving Trust and Professor Maggetto of Citilec.

The event is being sponsored by Southern Electric, whose four battery-powered buses run on the country's only electric passenger service - been made possible through a collaboration with Oxfordshire CC which has just agreed to continue funding for a further two years.

John Walker, the city council's director of environmental services, who is speaking during today's session said:

'The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution believes that electric vehicles could make a contribution to improving air quality as it recognises that the technology has advanced well beyond the Sinclair C5.

'We're delighted to be hosting this event and excited by the opportunities that electric vehicles could offer cities like Oxford.'

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