UK energy supplier British Gas announced on Wednesday that its city-wide charging network will power a fleet of 20 zero-emission, fully-electric BYD e6 cars that has been launched by private hire chauffeur operator Thriev in London.
Thriev’s fleet of BYD e6 private hire cars are run on rechargeable batteries supplied by BYD Co Ltd, a provider of green energy technologies that specialises in the IT, automotive and new energy industries.
British Gas said the new service will rely on its brand new charging network installed across London. The BYD rapid chargers, which have already been installed at Thriev’s Edgware Road facility, are capable of charging a car to 80% in just 30 minutes and provide a range of up to 186 miles. The service is expected to be rolled out across the UK, which will eventually see each unit of electricity matched with a unit of 100% British renewable electricity.
The new service is the result of a shared ‘green city solution’ which plans to bring reliable, emission-free transport to London’s roads, replacing petrol and diesel powered vehicles with electric cars. The Thriev cars join two fully-electric BYD buses that are already in service with Go-Ahead Group on two central Transport for London routes.
Thriev is also using the latest smartphone technology in the form of a booking app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. It allows customers to book a car in just three clicks and also keeps a 30-day history of previous reservations so that users can manage their expenses as well as being able to quickly rebook a repeat trip. In addition, GPS enables the vehicle to be tracked in real-time on a map.
Head of Electric Vehicle Services at British Gas, Andreas Atkins, commented:
“Innovations like Thriev make it possible for us to travel around with the best of worlds, making major reductions in our carbon footprints and saving money at the same time. We’re aiming to convert 10% of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2015, and we’re glad to be helping other businesses to do the same.”