Carla McKenzie, managing director of Stroud-based catering consultancy MYA, has ridden 540 miles from Royal Wootton Bassett to Ireland on an electric motorcycle, to promote cleaner, greener kitchens and a sustainable future.

She gave a presentation last week on kitchen design and a sustainable future at the Food & Drink Business Europe Conference & Exhibition at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Zero DS electric motorcycle she rode was built in California and is at the cutting edge of green transport technology. They provided the entrepreneurial MD with a perfect platform for raising awareness of the need for catering operators to think about their practices.

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Lent by Streetbike UK of Halesowen, near Birmingham, the Zero DS required several recharges on the epic journey to Holyhead and the Emerald Isle – these ranged from cables running through windows at a restaurant, to some intricate cable connections to allow her to recharge on the overnight ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin.

McKenzie was joined on her journey to the North West tip of Wales by motorcycle journalist and electric motorcycle enthusiast Paul Blezard, riding an Italian electric superbike, the Energica Eva. Blezard also helped to arrange the loan of the Zero, a marque he has been a fan of since he first rode an early version of the Zero DS in 2010.

The journey started in Royal Wootton Bassett on September 13 with Blezard chasing McKenzie on her 125 bhp BMW R1200GSAdventure across the Cotswolds – the two machines proving to be very closely matched in handling and performance.

After a ‘top up’ charge for the Eva at Evesham Leisure Centre the pair continued on to the fast chargepoint in Halesowen, only a mile from Streetbike’s showroom, where McKenzie swapped her BMW for the Zero.