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PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan LEAF Tekna similar to that being used by eConnect chauffeur service in London, England.

Electric Chauffeur Service Launches in London

eConnect uses Nissan LEAF 'Teknas' for its on-demand, door-to-door chauffeur service out of its Canary Wharf office in London, England

Published: 15-Jan-2014

eConnect cars has launched a zero tailpipe carbon emission, chauffeur-driven service to organisations across central London, with the goal of providing reliable, on-demand, door-to-door mobility at a competitive price.

The company launches with a fleet of a few Nissan Leaf Teknas and is partnering with a number of other private hire car companies to ensure availability in the event that all of the company’s electric vehicles are in use.

The Tekna was selected by eConnect Cars due to luxury features such as its leather seating, rear heated seats, onboard charging facilities that enable fast charging and greater room for passengers compared with the Renault Zoe or the Tesla Model S. The Tekna also features digital auto air conditioning which uses 70 per cent less energy than standard air conditioning and LED lighting. The models used by eConnect Cars will be reviewed as and when new models enter the market.

The company, based in Canary Wharf, is currently taking telephone bookings, but it expects to roll out web and app based bookings shortly. It can provide intelligent reporting for companies seeking to deliver against corporate responsibility targets but due to variations in the carbon intensity of electricity provided by the Source London network, it does not yet have full lifecycle carbon emissions data for its vehicles - something that the company is looking to address.

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