The world is facing a climate emergency. To answer this challenge, we are researching new ways of generating, distributing and using energy that reduce the amount of carbon that goes into the atmosphere. We do this valuable R&D work at our Eco Lab.
From record-breaking green vehicles to more efficient wind turbines and on to battery storage and smart grids, Ecotricity is developing smarter solutions for a greener future.
The award-winning Ion Horse
We teamed up with Kingston University to build a 150mph superbike and compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero, a race showcasing zero-emissions motorbikes. Developed from the ground up by Kingston University and motorcycle design company Vepro, the Ion Horse came third in the race, beating the likes of Imperial College, MIT and BMW with average lap speeds over 100mph.
In 2009, Greenbird smashed the world land speed record for wind powered vehicles when it clocked 126.1mph on the dry bed of Ivanpah Lake, Nevada. The previous record was 116mph. Built in collaboration with engineer Richard Jenkins, Greenbird was a nod to Donald Campbell’s Bluebird but unlike that combustion engine beast, it burns no fossil fuels and proves that long after the petroleum age the wind will still be here to put us in motion.
The Nemesis electric sportscar
The Nemesis project set out to turn conventional notions about electric vehicles upside down, and it did so in style. Reaching 148mph, it set a British land speed record for electric cars, and later exceeded 150mph. With a sleek body, jaw-dropping acceleration, zero emissions and charged with green electricity from Ecotricity, The Nemesis showed that you can travel in style while using a fuel source that never runs out.
Conventional wind turbines are fine out in the countryside where there’s plenty of room, but what about Britain’s urban spaces? Well, allow us to introduce The Urbine. Our vertical axis turbine is designed to rotate around its tower, catching the wind and converting it into electricity to power our towns and cities. We believe machines like this will be essential for an energy-independent Britain, which is why we design and manufacture them at our sister company, Britwind.