Electric vehicles appealing to contract car hire customers?

JonathanJuly 26, 2011

Contract car hire customers could be inspired to lease energy-efficient vehicles after hearing that 4,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved each week in London if all black taxis were 100 per cent electric.

This is according to low-carbon motor show EcoVelocity, which found that road transport is accountable for approximately 80 per cent of all airborne pollution in the centre of London, with black cabs responsible for 20 per cent of this.

If London’s minicabs went electric as well, the figure of 4,000 would more than triple.

EcoVelocity is set to showcase some of the latest green cars at its event taking place between September 8th and 11th at Battersea Power Station.

Visitors will be able to road test some of the vehicles, with brands including Fiat, Citroen, Ford, Volvo, Nissan and Renault to be in attendance.

“EcoVelocity is all about showing and educating motorists in the UK about greener alternative cars. The amazing figures we’ve uncovered with this study illustrate clearly what a huge difference can be made to our quality of life by making a change,” Giles Brown, event director, remarked.

Last year, London mayor Boris Johnson announced that rolling age limits would be introduced for private hire vehicles and black cabs to improve the air quality in the capital, while from April 1st next year all newly-licensed PHVs will have to meet the EU4 emissions standard and be no more than five years old.

Taxi operators will also be given eco-driving training to promote efficient motoring, with certain green elements to be added to the requirements for taxi driver licences.

Reduced emissions aside, other benefits of eco-friendly driving include saving money. The more efficient a vehicle is, the less congestion charges and tax motorists will have to pay, while some boroughs in London now offer free parking for cars with low emissions, according to EcoVelocity.

There are various options to choose from, not just hybrid and electric vehicles. Drivers can also opt for bio-fuel, liquid petroleum gas and hydrogen fuel cell models, with new technologies being launched all the time.

Posted by Michael Jones

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