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U.K. leaders are thinking and driving green

Juergen Maier, Head of Industry at Siemens Manchester and Manchester City Council chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein took to the streets of Manchester today in an electric powered sportscar named "Greenster" to promote Smart Grid.


An electric powered sports car named "Greenster," got a test drive today in Manchester, England. Juergen Maier, head of industry at Siemens Manchester and Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council chief executive, took to the streets in a effort to promote Smart Grid.

According to a press release, Siemens is looking into all aspects of "electromobility" including Smart Grid infrastructure. Smart Grid will enable drivers to use more renewable energy as part of an every day source of electricity. With the development of electric cars, Smart Grid technology will also enable drivers to turn our cars into valuable electricity storage devices.

Greenster, which was developed by Siemens and car manufacturer Ruf and is based on a Porsche 911 Turbo, will be the world's first electric vehicle fitted with a bidirectional network connection that is capable of being recharged in less than an hour at a 400-volt power outlet. It can also use the same power outlet to feed energy back into the power network if required. Two hundred thousand vehicles with a 4kW capacity plugged into the grid could provide a short-term capacity of 8 gigawatts.