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Europcar pledges to help increase electric car usage in the capital

27th March 2012 Print

Three years since Boris Johnson announced his plan to make London the electric car capital of Europe, it was reported last month that only 588 extra electric cars have been registered in the city. Responding to this news, Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is inviting motorists to test electric vehicles. Europcar believes that, by hiring, business and leisure renters will discover electric cars offer a really cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get around the Capital and this could help in encouraging more motorists to buy electric in the future.
“New figures suggest that London is being slow to embrace electric cars” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.  “But it could be the ideal option for motorists keen to reduce their fuel costs and avoid congestion charges.
“Europcar has recently added the 100% electric Nissan LEAF to its fleet in London.  With 400 charging points now installed across the city, we think this is the perfect time for motorists to test out the new technology. Hiring a Nissan LEAF could be the ideal option for motorists keen to reduce their fuel costs and avoid congestion charges. At the forefront of electric vehicle technology, it fits perfectly with our philosophy of pioneering sustainable car hire solutions, giving customers a real choice when it comes to car hire.”
The Nissan LEAF has a homologated range of 108 miles (175km), which is more than 90% of Europeans drive in a day.  And although it is as easy to drive as a conventional car, every Europcar customer hiring a LEAF will be given a face-to-face handover by a Europcar representative who has been fully trained on the car and its workings. Plus, Europcar will recharge it completely free of charge, even waiving the standard service fee usually made for vehicle refuelling.
Ken McCall concludes, “Buying an electric car is a big step to take, but hiring electric allows motorists to check that the new technology can meet their expectations without taking an expensive risk.
“Europcar continues to invest in the quality of our fleet and that includes electric cars, to ensure we offer the widest possible choice of vehicles. With access to the new generation of electric vehicles, Europcar customers can try before they buy or just enjoy the cost savings on short city trips.”