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Over the past 13 years, the Gumball 3000 has been in the news for plenty of good and bad reasons, and they are set to party on the road once again.
This years event will start from London, England on May 26th, and amidst all the gas guzzling exotics, it will also have a green theme. The 2011 event will feature around 20 electric concept and production cars. So in these energy conscious times, even the Gumball is showing a bit of responsibility.
But don’t expect a watered-down version of the usual Gumball mania, because plenty of exotic cars and celebs will be taking part. This years event will star some well-known names such as singer Eve and TV actor David Hasselhoff.
The event will be a European trek, going from London to Istanbul.
This week Nissan‘s UK subsidiary handed the keys of one of its Leaf Electric cars to London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The ceremony was part of a pilot program, initiated by Transport for London which will use the car on a trial basis for approximately one month, to determine the effectiveness of electric cars in city driving. Johnson has already pledged that London will become the ‘electric vehicle’ of Europe and a plan is in place to set up a network of some 1300 electric charging stations throughout the city by 2013.
At the handing over ceremony, Johnson remarked “I am pleased to accept a Nissan Leaf on Transport for London’s behalf so more of our staff can experience the silent, smooth electric experience for themselves, whilst carrying out their duties. We are looking forward to Nissan becoming one of our fantastic Source London partners helping us to make electric driving an easier, more convenient choice.”
The Leaf will join an existing fleet of electric vehicles currently operated by Transport for London and will be used primarily by Surface Transportation staff to inspect traffic signals and cameras.
The Leaf is currently one of the most talked about cars in the media and having already won the coveted European car of the Year award as well as the 2011 World Car of the Year honor.