Eco Chauffeur in the Times

November 10th, 2008

Times Online featuring Eco Chauffeur

Eco Chauffeur have been making some news lately. Mark Frary writing for the 2008 News Site of the Year, the Times Online wrote an interesting piece about how our Lexus Hybrid Chauffeur Cars might help drive the chauffeur industry towards a greener future:

" If you think about chauffeur services, you tend to summon up an image of huge gas guzzling limos rather than something environmentally friendly. Yet that may be about to change thanks to Eco Chauffeur, an offshoot of established chauffeur company iChauffeur. "

Read all about it from the Times Online.

Eco-Rally Report

June 6th, 2007

Eco-Rally

The sun was shining brightly, beaming down on the leading lights in hydrogen and alternative fuel technology, as the inaugural Revolve Eco-Rally began in Madeira Drive, Brighton.

Manufacturers like BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Lexus, Modec, Saab, Vectrix, Microcab and VNC fused with some eco-aware celebrities and dignitaries with support from Transport for London, to ignite and excite, united by a global cause; Zero CO2 emissions.

The event marked the culmination of over 3 years work from Revolve founders Steven Glaser and Mike Whelan, to create a future free of vehicle emissions.

With the state-of-the-art in hydrogen, fuel cell, bio fuel and hybrid science on show, the Eco-Rally succeeded in drawing attention to the amazing technologies that these companies and organisations have been researching, developing and producing. If you didn’t manage to make it to Brighton, Croydon or London, then take a seat, and enjoy our Eco Rally Slideshow and other reflections from the day.

Eco-Rally celebrities

Madeira Drive, Brighton, 10.30 am

“Gentlemen, start your fuel cells”

After some rousing words from Lisa Rogers, Robert Llewellyn, Baron Steven Bassam and Steven Glaser; Quentin Wilson lit the touch paper with the words, “Gentleman, start your fuel cells”. No wheel spins, or stalls, the Eco-Rally left East Sussex for Croydon. The Eco Chauffeur Lexus Hybrid was driven by Steven Glaser, with Lisa Rogers in the BioPower Saab, Quentin Wilson in a Ford Fuel Cell car and the ever-smiling Robert Llewellyn in the amazing electric powered Modec van.

Robert Llewellyn in the driving seat

With our flags flying proudly the eco-convoy rolled out of Brighton, before hitting an environmentally sound 55 mph velocity on the motorway. Proof that all the vehicles on show were not the result of some day dreaming designers whim, but instead these are fully functional, tested vehicles. Reliable, quiet, and of course, kinder to the environment than conventional vehicles.

Warm welcome in Croydon

North End, Croydon

We received a very warm welcome from Croydon, the vehicles all made their way through the huge crowds in the North End precinct. People were generally very enthusiastic about seeing these eco-friendly cars, many had questions for the manufacturers and companies on show. One Croydon resident asked me, “How many million would this cost me?” referring to the Lexus GS 450h, and was genuinely surprised to find that he could buy one for less than 50 000 pounds or hire a chauffeur driven example for considerably less than that. Many people were shocked that some of the technology was available right now, and hybrid cars and electric vehicles are being employed as work horses or by eco-conscious individuals as a safe and practical means of transport. Sure true eco-friendly travel already exists, bicycles and shoes should be the preferred travel method. Yet, zero emission technology would take you where ever you want to go, without a huge karmic debt or climate change worries for you or your children.

The assemble listened to speeches by Croydon’s Mayor, Labour MP for Croydon North - Malcolm Wicks, Quentin Wilson and Jenny Jones, a Green member of the London Assembly. Jenny explained how she rarely drove, and that for those journeys that cannot be avoided, driving with zero or low emissions is a huge step forward and she was delighted to lend her support to this event.

BMW, Lexus and Saab

Trafalgar Square, London

Tourists and Londoners in Trafalgar Square watched our progress on huge screens and we were greeted by much fanfare as we parked in the shadow of Nelson’s Column. The media quickly snapped up sound and video bytes, and on the London Hydrogen Partnership stage, various dignitaries and celebrities told the crowds what a historic event this was, not just for London, Croydon or Brighton - but for the world. The world’s largest manufacturers in alternative fuelled vehicles, working together to create not just a cleaner London, but a less polluted Croydon and a cleaner world for all of us. The Eco-Rally has demonstrated that right here, right now, the technologies are in place and the motivation is in no doubt, but, the infrastructure needs to be created, right here, right now.. So that hydrogen and other zero emission technologies can replace the stinky old school. One message that was reinforced throughout the Eco-Rally was that by buying the most eco-friendly vehicle, bra or potato you can, you will play your part in helping stop man made climate change.

Hydrogen 7 Engine

iChauffeur were delighted to take part in the event, and hope that next year’s Eco-Rally, will build on the success of this one, to really help drive the message home. Zero emissions is definitely possible, and the public will help deliver it by voting with their wallets, manufacturers realise this, good business sense, is really just good business..

London Hydrogen Partnership

No drama, just good karma

Unlike a conventional vehicular rally, there were no hand-brake turns, power slides or spectacular barrel roll crashes. This was no race to the chequered flag more a positive drive towards a sustainable future. Demonstrating that a win-win solution is within our reach, if we grab the nettle and choose sustainable technologies - we can truly make a difference.

iChauffeur would like to thank Revolve for an enlightening, inspiring and fun day and in deed the sponsors for investing in the first Revolve Eco-Rally.

Trafalgar Square Eco Rally

Video of Lexus Hybrid available

May 1st, 2007

Lexus Hybrid Interior

iChauffeur have published a video of their eco-friendly Lexus Hybrid chauffeur car.

The video demonstrates the advantages of using hybrid technology with regard to emissions and pollution.

The video also shows just how luxurious the car is. There is also an iPod video download available too.

Eco Wedding Car

March 22nd, 2007

Eco wedding car

You’ve found eco-friendly wedding rings, created homemade invitations from recycled paper, and done everything else you can for your “Green Wedding”. But what about your travel arrangements?

Eco friendly wedding travel

A horse-drawn wedding carriage is certainly a viable alternative, but would you be happier, safer and more comfortable in a green, hybrid powered, luxury wedding car? The choice is yours. The Eco Wedding Car service is a step forward towards truly environmental and ethical travel for your wedding day. Based around the Lexus GS 450h Hybrid chauffeur car, the Lexus Hybrid, delivers silent and luxurious travel with the carbon footprint of a more modest vehicle.

As an alternative to traditional wedding cars, the Hybrid Lexus is a safe, stylish and hip wedding vehicle.

Call or contact iChauffeur to learn more about the Eco Wedding Car service for you and your wedding guests.

Luxury Hybrid Chauffeur Car

February 18th, 2007

Lexus Hybrid Chauffeur Car

The World’s First Luxury Hybrid Chauffeur Car

For sometime now, iChauffeur have been looking at different ways in which they can reduce their emissions, to create a truly sustainable means of luxury travel. The first step in this ongoing process is the announcement of a new generation of chauffeur car to their luxury chauffeur car fleet - the Lexus GS 450h SE-L Hybrid Saloon.

What makes this special is that for the first time truly luxurious travel is available with a carbon footprint similar to a 4 cylinder regular car. The first Lexus Hybrid will be available to hire from iChauffeur in two weeks. This will allow business and private customers an extremely stylish and comfortable ride that won’t damage their conscience.

Andy Senior from iChauffeur said, “This hybrid technology will help us reduce our emissions, but without sacrificing luxury. Our customers seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea too, and we hope the rest of the industry will follow this lead.”

The Lexus GS 450 Hybrid is comfortable and stylish and iChauffeur have already placed orders for the newly announced Lexus LS600h which will be the flagship of the Lexus fleet when it is launched in the coming months. Andy Senior said, “This is just the start for us, the 600 hybrid is a fantastic car from every angle. We are keen to establish this as the car of choice for green thinking CEOs and again Lexus lead the way in hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz will introduce a hybrid S Class in 2008, which we will also consider, but Lexus have a significant lead in hydrid technology.”

Hybrid cars use a combination of conventional powered engines combined with electric motors for in town and in slow moving traffic. This helps reduce localised pollution in towns and Ken Livingstone and Transport for London have announced that 40 percent of London buses will be powered by hybrid technology by 2012.

There is no such thing as a truly green means of transport apart from walking or cycling, but hybrid technology is available now, and represents a step towards a greener future. Andy Senior said, “We want hydrogen powered vehicles, but they are not available to buy yet. We really like what BMW have demonstrated in their Hydrogen 7, and look forward to hydrogen powered Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars when these become a reality.”

iChauffeur’s first hybrid vehicle will join their existing chauffeur car fleet in two weeks time.

BMW Hydrogen 7

January 11th, 2007

BMW Hydrogen 7 Car
BMW Hydrogen 7 uses Hydrogen power, albeit with a conventional petrol engine in reserve. Unfortunately according to recent reports, Hydrogen powered vehicles may be a little way off mass-production. Hydrogen powered toy racing cars are available to buy now, but the full sized models could be up to 30 years away.

This is not the first time that Hydrogen using vehicles have been developed. Back in the early 1900s, the Zeppelin airships used hydrogen to fly, until the catestrophic Hindenburg disaster in 1937, curtailed hydrogen as a means of transport.

Now, German engineers one again are embracing Hydrogen technology. The BMW Hydrogen 7 was introduced last year. Built around the existing BMW 7 series, but with the addition of a liquid hydrogen fuel tank. Hydrogen as a fuel, has some particular environmental benefits. It does not emit CO2 (a huge part of the climate change issue), just some harmless vapour, unlike conventional fossil fuels.

The high tech hydrogen storage tank has a capacity of approximately 17.6 lb of liquid hydrogen, giving the Hydrogen 7 a cruising range in hydrogen mode upwards of 125 miles. The car will do an additional 300 miles on the petrol tank. The driver, at the flick of a switch can engage hydrogen or petrol, without any change to the car’s performance, as engine power and torque remain identical regardless of the fuel used.

BMW are only producing about 50 Hydrogen 7 cars, with 5 heading for the UK. Unfortunately the Hydrogen 7 is not available to buy as yet, but hydrogen is today powering cars, and once the distribution channels are sorted, then you might even to be able to fill it up.

What BMW have done though is prove the concept. It is only a matter of time before, cars like this are available to buy, and we hope that the Hydrogen 7 helps give this concept some momentum and speeds up the process.

Luxury travel need not cost the Earth

January 31st, 2006

Luxury travel need not cost the Earth

This is an experimental website, designed to examine ways we can travel in luxury, but with a low cost to the environment. Eco Chauffeur is a step towards a sustainable future. An examination of new and emerging technologies such as Hydrogen, Biodiesel and Hybrid powered vehicles, to find ways of reducing the carbon footprint of fossil fuel powered vehicles.

Eco Chauffeur’s ultimate goal is to be the UK’s First Eco-Luxury chauffeur car service. Featuring the state of the art in environmentally friendly travel with full-fat luxury service. At the moment, there is no such thing as truly clean transport, aside from using your legs, but Eco Chauffeur believes that Luxury travel needn’t cost the Earth and with the right focus, anything is possible.

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So, if there is no such thing as a luxury eco-friendly chauffeur car, what can we do? The Woodland Trust may have a solution. Trees feed the atmosphere with life enriching oxygen and by supporting tree planting across the UK, businesses can help to create valuable woodland that will grow to sequester (absorb and store) CO2 pollution and in so doing, help with the fight against climate change.

About Us

The aim here is to share and exchange information to help create a sustainable, environmentally friendly, pro-active business model.

Conceived and built by Richard Senior founder of God’s Little Acre, MacIDOL and is a Director of iChauffeur Ltd. iChauffeur are currently in talks with the Woodland Trust about working with them to help negate the pollution that our vehicles cause to the environment.

Eco friendlyA giant leap
For years we have run a successful chauffeur car service, but increasingly our conscience has been plagued by the fact that this means of transport is not the best for the planet. So for our children and their children, we are researching means of transport that we believe to be a giant leap forward in chauffeur driven transport.

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

—Francis Bacon