Earlier this year, private hire chauffeur operator Thriev launched a fleet of 20 zero-emission, fully-electric BYD e6 cars in London. The BYD e6 is an all-electric crossover car manufactured by BYD Auto. Each car in the new fleet provides a range of up to 186 miles and every five-mile journey, by just one of the vehicles, prevents 1kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

The fully-electric chauffeured cars are part of a larger plan that aims to revolutionise transportation in London. It could also help encourage even more reliable, emission-free transport to UK roads, eventually replacing petrol and diesel powered vehicles with electric ones.

Unique service

The service relies on a new city-wide charging network installed by British Gas, which has been leading the delivery of the UK’s charging infrastructure for electric vehicles since 2010. The first rapid chargers, made by BYD and capable of charging a car to 80% in just 30 minutes, have already been installed at Thriev’s Edgware Road facility. As the service expands across the UK, creating one of the largest of its kind, it will eventually see each unit of electricity matched with a unit of 100% British renewable electricity.

Bookings for business

Another attractive part of Thriev’s electric taxi service is its use of the latest smartphone technology – a booking app. The app, available for Apple and Android devices, lets businesses book a car in just three clicks and GPS allows the vehicle to be tracked in real-time on a map. The app also retains a history of previous reservations in the last 30 days, which is ideal when it comes to managing expenses and allows users to quickly rebook a repeat trip.

Andreas Atkins, Head of Electric Vehicle Services at British Gas said: “Innovations like Thriev make it possible for us to travel around with the best of both worlds, making major reductions in our carbon footprints and saving money at the same time.

“We’re aiming to convert 10% of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2015, and we’re glad to be helping other businesses do the same.”

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