PEGGIE at Oxford Open Doors

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On the 9th of September PEGGIE was exhibited in the Oxford Castle during the Oxford Open Doors 2012.

This is the 5th annual event organized by the Oxford Preservation Trust, University of Oxford (http://www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk) and other city institutions. The program allowed visitors to access free of charge more than 300 things to see and do, including Colleges, town venues and canal boat trips.

The central theme for this year’s event was The Industrial Heritage of the city. In this context, PEGGIE was invited to participate in the Open Doors event as the highest efficient vehicle in the University (366 km/kWh).

Public visiting the Oxford Castle constantly participated in the PEGGIE stand. Children showed high interest in our vehicle and their most frequent question was “how does anyone fit in that car?!” We were happy to give them the answer of this by allowing them to sit in PEGGIE and experience the driver’s perspective. Some were so fascinated with our vehicle that came back up to 4 times and did the 10 seconds evacuation test!

To another group of children we asked to estimate PEGGIE’s weight by lifting it. After guessing 500 kg, 1 ton and 10 tons, it was hard for them to believe that our vehicle only weighs 35kg!

Darren and myself were the representatives from the PEGGIE Team during that day. We had a great time sharing our experience in the Shell Eco-Marathon and the development of our vehicle with such an interested crowd. We would like to thank Oxford Open Days 2012 for inviting us and to our sponsors, Shetland Composites, Oxford Martin School, ARM, NXP and Frankie’s Paintshop for supporting us once again and making PEGGIE possible.