Tesla S P85+

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Many blue-chip companies demand that their suppliers have eco-friendly credentials, so it’s vital that private hire and chauffeur operators run demonstrably green cars. As cars continue to get cleaner, we’ve tightened the rules this year so only cars with CO2 emissions below 100g/km qualify.

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Tesla’s Mark Tapscott with the Green Car of the Year Award

Our runaway winner is a new car – and brand - that could revolutionise the e-chauffeur market. The Tesla S P85+ is an all-electric car with genuinely useable range of excess of 250 miles on a single charge, and the ability to fast-charge to 80% capacity in under an hour.

It achieves this with no compromise in terms of passenger or luggage space, and it throws in supercar acceleration for good measure. With cheaper models on the way, Tesla is going to be a big feature in the chauffeur market in future.

Our runner-up is an entirely different proposition. Proving that you don’t need a hi-tech hybrid system to be green, the Skoda Octavia Greenline offers 88mpg and 85g/km of CO2, outperforming many hybrids.

In third place, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a highly advanced hybrid that combines a plug-in hybrid system with a diesel engine, as well as the sort of outstanding safety features that we’ve come to expect from Volvo.

The winners

1 - Tesla S P85+

2 - Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI

3 - Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid


Roll of Honour

2013 Mercedes-Benz E30 BlueTec Hybrid

2012 Toyota Prius

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 4: Autonomous vehicles

Kevin Meeks, Volvo
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance
Mike Galvin, Addison Lee
Bob Nixon, iCabbi
Safa Alkateb, Autocab

Kevin Meeks from Volvo gave an opening presentation on the subject of autonomous cars, outlining, with the aid of a short video presentation, the company’s DriveMe project.

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 3: Employers, workers and the gig economy

Gary Jacobs, DriverServ
David Harmer, Accountax
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Green Tomato Cars
Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Public Policy Matters

The session was opened by Gary Jacobs, who provided an overview of the subject in the light of recent developments that have affected the so-called “gig economy”, such as the Uber and Pimlico Plumbers employment court cases.

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 1: Disrupting the disrupters

Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Public Policy Matters
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Green Tomato Cars
Catherine Faiers, Addison Lee
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance

The first session kicked off with a question posed by congress chair Mark Bursa: “What does disruption look like?” First response was from Dominick Moxon-Tritsch from Public Policy Matters, responding with a broad overview of the challenges facing private hire today.


Geneva Motor Show 2017

Mark Bursa reports from Europe’s premier auto exhibition