eCorporate Travel, based in Loanhead on Edinburgh's outskirts, is striving to become Scotland's first carbon-neutral chauffeur company. This will be made possible with the arrival of their first Toyota Prius hybrid hatchbacks.
eCorporate is an offshoot of Edinburgh Executive Travel, and has been offsetting emissions for the past two years. Operations began in February 2011, with Toyota Prius T4 hatchbacks, complete with new livery and logos.
With corporate clients already using the service, the company has already committed to taking on 14 Toyota Prius this year, and is ready to order more if other prospective clients come on board.
“The feedback has been phenomenal,” says Managing Director James Ritchie. “Almost every company now has a corporate responsibility on green issues. By using eCorporate Travel, they can reduce their carbon footprint while not compromising on service or price.
“Our proposition isn't just about the environment but about exceptional service. Our fully uniformed, courteous chauffeurs assist our clients throughout their journey. Our clients get a high level of service, as well as the environmental kudos. Every eCorporate Travel client will receive a regular report showing the carbon savings they are making compared with their previous transport arrangements.”
eCorporate Travel says that carbon emissions using the Toyota Prius (89g/km) undercut by 62 per cent those of a standard hackney cab (244g/km). Assuming an average of eight 10km journeys a day, the company estimates that this would save 3000kg of carbon dioxide a year – equivalent to the energy needs of a three-bedroom house for six months.
The Toyota Prius offers the latest combined fuel economy of more than 72mpg. As a full hybrid the Toyota Prius is able to be powered solely by the electric motor at lower speeds meaning no fuel consumption and zero emissions.
Standard features include automatic air conditioning, seven airbags, electric windows, eight-speaker CD player, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, head-up display, Touch Tracer controls and smart entry and start, with the addition of leather upholstery throughout.
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