maxEV enters Brighton to London Rally


Press Release
17th October 2010

Challenging the Future – MAXEV - 100% Electric

RLE International and Energetique are delighted to announce their entry, into first Future Car Challenge, Brighton to London rally sponsored by the RAC held on 6th November 2010.

The Future Car Challenge will take place the day before the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run using the same 60 – mile course.

The challenge aims to highlight low energy impact vehicles, which can have a major positive effect in climate change. Prizes will be awarded for vehicles that use the least energy throughout the 60 mile course.

Michael Collins, Business Development Manager commented “Over 60 vehicles have entered into the spirit of the challenge.” He continued “The maxEV team are truly excited about this challenge. Since launching MAXEV at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle show at Millbrook, in September, we have inspired by the reaction to our vehicle. We have been overwhelmed by the interest we have had in our Isis (Innovative Software – Inspired Solution) technology approach and companies wishing to purchase maxEV. The event is a further demonstration of maxEV and our belief that the vehicle is truly world class”.

Dr Phil Coop, Managing Director, of Energetique said”We believe our vehicle, maxEV, has a good chance in our class at the event. MaxEV sets us apart from the competition in combining our experience with integrating power-train, battery and grid technology with RLE’s proven track record in vehicle design and development”. He continued “maxEV is a vehicle which can deliver the future for fleet operators, parcel, post and delivery services which need to reduce their carbon footprint and transition away from fossil fuels”.

The advanced charging technology under development will enable fleet operators to migrate towards proactive or prognostic charging and take advantage of variable electricity tariffs. With the phase in of Feed in Tariffs across Europe, the maxEV technology could also allow fleet operators to export the energy stored in the vehicle battery to the grid (Vehicle to Grid or V2G). This will allow fleet vehicles to become a valuable resource in the integrated management of the companies energy needs.

Paul Bridden, Head of Engineering, RLE International UK, points out: “Tomorrow’s motorists want more information and reassurance on alternatively fuelled vehicles. They want to see and feel what is different. He continued “To that end, that is one of the principle reasons why this event is so important and our team is really excited to be part of this inaugural event”.

The maxEV platform has been developed with Energetique specifically to meet these requirements for fleet delivery, logistics and ‘in location’ service companies.


For further information please contact:

Michael Collins
Business Development
RLE International
Mobile: 0044 (0) 7966 617 262

Supplementary Information

The RLE INTERNATIONAL Group is one of the world’s leading development, technology and consultation service providers to the international mobility, energy and service industries.
We provide, design development and consultancy support and effective solutions for our customers in the fields of Mobility, Services and Energy.
Core Competence areas are in the fields of Vehicles, Drive and Electronics, Product Lifecycle Management and Business Services in the After-Sales environment as well as Wind Industry Engineering.
At our worldwide locations that are close to customers in Europe, North America and Asia we face up to today’s requirements reliably and with a great deal of motivation.

ENERGETIQUE specialises in the design, development, and integration of high density energy storage and energy management systems for the automotive, renewable, and power industries.
Energetique’s innovative power-train, battery and grid integration technologies have already been proven in the 100% electric vehicle, evMe which was released in November 2008. The Energetique technology platform has also been used to power the light delivery van maxEV.

Notes for Editors

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday 6 November, the day before the Royal Automobile Club’s world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Starting at Madeira Drive, this unique live event will use the traditional 60-mile veteran car run route in reverse.

Provisional Timings:

• Start (Madeira Drive, Brighton) at 08:30 to 09:00.
• Halfway stop (Crawley) 09:30 to 10:30.
• Finish (Pall Mall, London) 11:15 to 12:30
• Presentation (Regent Street, London) 12:30 to 16:00.

The formal finish will be in Pall Mall followed by a special ceremonial finish and presentation in Regent Street. Here, the vehicles will join the display of more than 100 pre-1905 motor cars in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Concours in front of an estimated 250,000 audience.

More than 60 vehicles have entered to participate in this inaugural event. They are coming from manufacturers, institutions, individual motoring pioneers and private owners. The event will be staged, promoted and judged in the three categories – Electric, Hybrid and Internal Combustion Engine. Within each category, entries will be measured in various modes for the energy used during the drive from Madeira Drive to Pall Mall. The challenge will be to complete the event with the least energy impact.

Each of the 25 category winners will receive an engraved Royal Automobile Club trophy and the overall winner will receive the coveted Royal Automobile Club Gold Medal. There will also be an award for the best private entry and each classified finisher will receive a Club medal and certificate.

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge will be judged by the event’s Technical Panel comprising: Ben Cussons, Chairman (The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee), Dr David Bizley (Director of Technical RAC), Richard Parry-Jones (industry), John Wood (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), Dr Ricardo Martinez-Botas (Imperial College London) Steve Cropley (Autocar) and John Hilton (Flybrid Systems).

Since its creation in 1897, The Royal Automobile Club has actively supported and promoted the development of motoring in Great Britain including the introduction of the famous 1000 Mile Trial of 1900; the first motor race (the Tourist Trophy) in 1905; the first British Grand Prix in 1926 and, since 1930, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. This celebrates the Emancipation Run of November 1896, an historic event that promoted and demonstrated the capabilities of the then recently invented horseless carriage at a time when electric and steam power, as well as the internal combustion engine, were competing for mass-production dominance.

In March 2010, The RAC Foundation, one of the sponsors of the event, produced a report on the potential of low carbon vehicle technology entitled Driving Down Emissions. The report concluded: The challenge is not only to stimulate both the supply and demand side of the low carbon vehicle market, but to make sure progress on each happens in tandem. It will not be easy but it must be done.

For more information about the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, including regulations and entry form, visit

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is kindly supported by the RAC, Goodyear, the RAC Foundation, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Imperial College London; City of Westminster, Brighton & Hove City Council, Crawley Borough Council, Central Sussex College and the Regent Street Association.

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is organised and promoted on behalf of The Royal Automobile Club by Motion Works – the organising team of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.