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The organisers of an innovative new expo in Cheltenham, showcasing world-class British technology and engineering, to the public, are pleased to announce a partnership with Qualcomm, the world leader in 3G and next-generation wireless technologies.

During the Qualcomm Halo Sustainable MotoExpo 2012, which takes place in Cheltenham on 8th and 9th September, a fleet of cutting-edge low carbon vehicles will be on display. At the same time, leading figures from the engineering and automotive industry will stimulate the debate on energy efficient transport.

Qualcomm is pioneering the development of wireless electric vehicle charging and aims, with its Qualcomm Halo technology, to simplify the charging experience, helping electric vehicles become mass market. “We are proud to support low carbon technologies at this new moto expo in Cheltenham, which should provide a fabulous boost to low carbon motoring in the UK,” explained Dr. Anthony Thomson, VP of Business Development and Marketing, Qualcomm. “Qualcomm Halo technology brings simplicity to the electric car offering effortless re-fuelling  and improving the driver experience. We look forward to demonstrating the benefits of wireless charging to those attending the moto expo.”

Entertaining and thought-provoking talks, debates and workshops at Cheltenham Town Hall and in The Chamber, Municipal Offices will feature as speakers Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Iain Gray, CEO of The Technology Strategy Board and Robert Llewellyn, the star of TV programmes such as Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge and advocate of green motoring.

In the Education Zone at the Town Hall, master classes led by students and staff at Oxford Brookes University will show how design ideas become efficient engineering solutions, while members of the Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford will showcase their super-sleek electric vehicle PEGGIE. Teams of local schoolchildren will go head-to-head to debate the future of transport.

Meanwhile Cheltenham’s Inner Promenade will be turned into a futuristic car showroom as a range of low-carbon vehicles go on display in The Paddock.

MP Martin Horwood will be taking part in a Question Time-style debate on green motorsports: “I’m supporting the expo because it will highlight the importance of sustainability in personal transport and show that electric and low-carbon vehicles can be sexy too!” he said. “Good for the planet but good for your image too. It’s terrific that the expo is happening here in Cheltenham. This will be a showcase for greener transport but a great showcase for Cheltenham too.”

The expo is a taster for a regulated low-carbon street race planned for next year in Cheltenham. This will be the forerunner of the ground breaking full-performance low-carbon Cheltenham Street Race, planned for 2015 when legislation will provide for street racing. That event will see the streets of the Regency town transformed into a race circuit as low-carbon emission cars compete to push the boundaries of speed and green technology. Currently the only one of its kind planned, the 2015 race will put Gloucestershire on the global map as a trailblazer in the bid to build a sustainable future for all.

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