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London, November 2011 – Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe for both leisure and business users, is urging motorists who want to drive ‘green’ to hire an electric vehicle for a day.  As Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar Group UK explained, it’s a great way to find out if electric suits a motorist’s needs – without committing to outright purchase. 

“Electric vehicles offer huge opportunities for motorists to save money, especially for city driving where they are congestion-charge free and where the stop-start of heavy traffic consumes more fuel”, said Ken McCall.  “But for many they are not sure if electric will be truly convenient for them.  Car hire is a great way for drivers to put electric to the test – and we have the innovative electric Peugeot iOn’s available at a number of our locations to make it easy for motorists to try before they buy.” 

Peugeot iOns are available at Europcar’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airport locations, as well as from Europcar at King’s Cross – ideal for travellers arriving on the Eurostar – and at Marble Arch.   

The first new-generation electric vehicle to hit the European market, the Peugeot iOn is silent and will not emit any CO2 or other pollutants, further enhancing its ecological benefits.  It is also exempt from congestion charges in key UK cities providing important cost advantages for motorists. 

The vehicles are available from Europcar for one day hire only, in order to ensure they are properly recharged.  They can only be returned to the Europcar locations designated for electric vehicles – Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports, Kings Cross and Marble Arch.  

“Demand for electric vehicles to rent is really starting to pick up as both businesses and leisure drivers want to make the most of both the environmental and cost advantages” concluded Ken McCall.  “Our goal is to give our customers the widest possible choice and that includes giving them access to the new generation of electric vehicles.  Ideal for short city journeys, they are already immensely popular with many of our business customers who are making the most of the cost savings they offer.  And they’re great for car buyers who want to ‘test-drive’ this latest motoring innovation.” 

Please click on link below to view accompanying photography:         Peugeot iOn  

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For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:  Dominic Dennis, Arran Fano, Maddy Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  dominic@harrisonsadler.com 

About EuropcarEuropcar is the leading vehicle hire company in Europe, providing car mobility to 6 million customers. Through its franchisees and partners in over 150 countries, Europcar gives access to the #1 network in car hire. Europcar brand portfolio generated revenue of c.€3.1 billion including c.€2.0 billion Europcar group revenue. Supported by 6,600 dedicated staff and with long-standing local presence, Europcar facilitates the mobile lives of its customers around the world, offering them customised and innovative car mobility solutions. Winner of the first World Travel Award recognising the World’s Leading Green Transport Solutions Company, Europcar also was honoured with the Award in 2010, the second time it was presented.  Europcar is a subsidiary of Eurazeo. 

For more information: www.europcar.co.uk

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