Top TV star in a reasonably-priced green car re-charges batteries in Edinburgh on UK BPV tour

Comedian Robert Llewellyn is in favour of BPVs (battery-powered vehicles) to de-carbonise transport
Comedian Robert Llewellyn is in favour of BPVs (battery-powered vehicles) to de-carbonise transport

TV comedian Robert Llewellyn is due to arrive at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) on Saturday (18 Apr) having driven from Bristol – via Orkney – in a hybrid car to promote ‘green’ transport.

Llewellyn, star of cult 90s sci-fi TV show Red Dwarf, is stopping off at the ECCI to recharge his batteries and share stories of his automotive adventure to travel the length and breadth of the UK in an electric car.

For the first time, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is this year partnering with Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival.

The performer – who is an evangelist for BPVs (battery-powered vehicles) – said: I’ve driven many thousands of miles in electric cars, but not usually in under three days. This journey to get to Edinburgh is fairly ridiculous, I didn’t plan to do it, it just sort of happened. The car I’m driving is the BMW i8, a plug in hybrid supercar, so I’m not exactly slumming it.

“However, I will be seeing and filming some amazing renewable things on the way and no doubt reinforcing my conviction that there truly are viable, economically advantageous alternatives to burning fossil fuels emerging all the time.”

Lewellyn was also the star of Edinburgh Fringe show – “Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren’t They?” – last year.


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