London To Paddington Rail Commuters Now Have EV Taxi Option

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

Those that often take the train from Paddington to London (or the other way round) now have a new means of getting to and from the stations — and a new, electric means at that — according to recent reports.

Thanks to a new partnership between the taxi service eConnect cars and First Great Western services, travelers will now be able to pre-book taxi transfers to and from the train stations in a Tesla Model S or a Nissan LEAF.

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For those that can’t afford to actually own a Model S, but still love the things, this might be a good way to get your fix, I suppose.

“This is the first time a train operator has partnered with an electric vehicle operator in London to create a transport solution that truly represents smarter, greener travel for those coming to and from London,” stated Alistair Clarke, owner and managing director of eConnect cars.

For a bit of background here, eConnect cars was established just last January (in 2014) in London, and has, to date, provided more than 10,500 customers with taxi service and traveled over 93,000 miles doing so. All in electric vehicles, of course.

According to the company, the use of an all-electric fleet for such service resulted in the prevention of 40 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions last year.

All in all, if I take that route anytime in the near future, I think that I’ll probably have to give the service a try. Probably beats a gas taxi pretty handily.

Image Credit: eConnect cars

Reprinted with permission.


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