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Alex Ferguson electric car: Manchester United boss drives new Chevrolet Volt

After blowing his gasket on Boxing Day, Fergie's new electric car is right up his street…

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

He may have turned 71 today, but Sir Alex Ferguson has never been afraid to modernise, as his latest new signing shows.

The Manchester United manager has been purring about his latest investment, the energy-saving electric Chevrolet Volt.

When running in its near-silent electric mode the Volt has a range of around 50 miles, capable of getting Fergie to and from United’s training ground at Carrington.

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Buzzing: Fergie drives his new Chevrolet Volt to training every day

Blowing his gasket: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

Red faced: Fergie loses his cool with referee Mike Dean

CHEVROLET VOLT
Maximum
battery
life performance – with option of charging at home
0-62 mph in 9 secondsCapable of running in pure electric mode for 40-80 km

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

'A
friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about
it, so when I had the opportunity I said 'yeah I’m going to try it
because it’s the car of the future, really.

'I’m very pleased with it.’

An added bonus for the Scot is that the Volt only attracts a five per cent tax charge, meaning a higher rate taxpayer such as Ferguson will only have to pay 58.25 per month.

Ferguson isn’t the only man connected with United to enjoy cutting down on his carbon footprint.

Ex-United captain Gary Neville speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he’s not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

So how long before the rest of the team follow their manager's lead and swap their super cars for hybrid motors

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Modest: Fergie's new car will stand in contrast to some of his star players

Top gear! How Fergie's new car compares to the best of the rest…
Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

Wheely good: Legendary George Best used to drive his Lotus Europa to Old Trafford

All smiles: Brian Clough steps into his car outside his hom after Derby after he was sacked by Leeds in 1974

Moving on: Alan Ball starts up his Ford after being sacked by Blackpool in 1981

Start the car: Late greats Brian Clough (L) and Alan Ball make a getaway in their cars after being sacked by Leeds and Blackpool in 1974 and 1981 respectively

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Villa Car Park: The 1983 Aston Villa squad had MG Maestro cars delivered after the club signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Austin Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Wheeler dealer: QPR boss Harry Redkanpp is famed for giving interviews in his Range Rover

Gary Neville forced to end dream of Tellytubby eco-home

Neville forced to end dream of 'Tellytubby eco-home' over fears of neighbour feud

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UPDATED:

12:32 GMT, 23 December 2012

Gary Neville has been forced to ditch plans to build his dream underground home, through fears of causing neighbour feuds.

The England coach and Mail on Sunday columnist developed plans to build his five-bedroom, grass-covered house – compared to the make-believe Tellytubby land – over three years and was granted planning permission in September.

These have now been axed, following concerns voiced by local residents, but the ex-Manchester United defender said he’s shocked by the reaction.

Tellytubbies go bye-bye: Neville has squashed proposals for this home

Tellytubbies go bye-bye: Neville has squashed proposals for this home

'There was a lot of local displeasure around the house and it did shock me – how many people were against it and the wind turbine we planned,' he told The Sun.

Green-thinking Neville says he wants his family, wife Emma and daughters Molly and Sophie, to live in a futuristic pad which is completely fuelled by renewable energy.

He speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he's not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

The former England international also arranged a friendly between Manchester United and the greenest club in the country, Forest Green Rovers, which has installed an organic pitch and 180 solar panels at The New Lawn.

Room with a view: Artists impressions by of the underground eco mansion

Room with a view: Artists impressions by of the underground eco mansion

He bought the 8million estate near Bolton, seven years ago, and refuses to accept his eco-vision has been scuppered.

'So we are considering our options and what we do, but I can guarantee that the next house we live in will be all-electric.'

'It appears he even wants current Premier League stars to consider their carbon footprint. The vision of a football player is that he drives a Ferrari.

'But in the 20 years I spent driving into the Manchester United car park I can only remember two or three.'

Sign of the times: Neville made a Christmas hospital visit recently with England boss Roy Hodgson

Sign of the times: Neville made a Christmas hospital visit recently with England boss Roy Hodgson