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Europcar to boost electric car usage in Glasgow – Leading car hire specialist believes drivers who hire electric are more likely to buy electric in the future

London, April 2012 – Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is inviting motorists in Glasgow to test the ground-breaking Peugeot iOn electric car with the launch of a new all-electric car hire centre. This forms part of Glasgow’s new interactive renewable energy public exhibition, created by SSE, the UK’s leading generator of renewable energy.

Europcar believes that by hiring electric, business and leisure renters will discover this new generation of vehicle offers a really cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get around Scotland’s cities which, in turn, could help encourage more motorists to buy electric in the future. Glasgow’s motorists are, therefore, being invited to ‘try before they buy’ with electric car hire from Europcar’s Glasgow Central branch, opposite Central Station.

“Figures suggest that the UK has, so far, been 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.

“Giving motorists the chance to find out more about electric themselves, our new Glasgow Central location features six charging car park spaces, with car hire of the Peugeot iOn. We think this is the perfect time for motorists to test out the new technology and we are delighted to be part of Glasgow’s effort to promote greener technology, which fits perfectly with our own philosophy of pioneering sustainable car hire solutions.”
Every Europcar customer hiring a Peugeot iOn electric car 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 the vehicle 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 in Glasgow can try before they buy or just enjoy the cost savings on short city trips.”
 

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

About Europcar


Europcar is the leading vehicle hire company in Europe, providing car mobility to 6 million customers. Through its franchisees and partners in over 140 countries, Europcar gives access to the #1 network in car hire. 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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