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First electric-only car hire service launches in London

PUBLISHED: 11:45 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:55 06 March 2015

The UK’s first electric-only car hire company has been launched this week (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The UK’s first electric-only car hire company has been launched this week (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Plans to cut emissions in the capital’s polluted streets have been boosted by the launch of the first electric-only car hire service in London.

The company’s fleet of zero-emission 100% electric BMW i3s are now available to drive in London for daily or weekly hire (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)The company’s fleet of zero-emission 100% electric BMW i3s are now available to drive in London for daily or weekly hire (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The fleet of BMW i3 vehicles are now available for hire from as little as £21.50 per day, with no fuel costs.

As well as free charging -which can be done in as little as 30 minutes - drivers can avoid having to pay the congestion charge, and get free parking in some London boroughs by using the state of the art eco-luxury cars.

The news will come as a boost to the Government’s Go Ultra Low campaign, which is pushing for British motorists to drive ultra-low emission vehicles.

Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, an investment of £9million was made to increase the number of car charging points across the country, with three more manufacturers signing up earlier this month and pledging to expand the range of low emission cars on the market.

The UK, with London at the heart of it, aims to lead the way in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles - and in June the capital will host the finish of the world’s first fully electric motor racing series, Formula E.

The European electric vehicle market grew by 37 per cent last year, with the UK recording the biggest increase - where there are now more than 15,000 new electric vehicles on the road.

Matthew Munson, managing director of Electric Car Hire, said, “We are on the cusp of a new and exciting era in motoring with sustainable driving now becoming part of the nation’s conscience.

“There are now more charging points in London than petrol stations, and with the Government funding only increasing the numbers, it has never been easier to make sure your vehicle is charged fuelled and ready for use.

“We’re here to support this trend and offer an affordable service that’s environmentally and user-friendly.”

• For more info visit Electric Car Hire

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