Clean Air Day: best electric car hire apps for a green getaway

The best way to celebrate Clean Air Day? Travel green, suggest the experts.

According to the UK’s largest clean air campaign, the main source of this country’s air pollution is transport, with 80 per cent of nitrogen dioxide recorded at the roadside and 30 per cent of fine particulate matter being traced to vehicle tailpipes.

The good news is there are plenty of eco options for that upcoming weekend minibreak to the Cotswolds. Zipcar has now added electric cars to its fleet of rental vehicles – join today and you’ll receive £14 of e-car credit – and Ufodrive and E-Car Club are among new platforms offering e-cars across the capital.

From e-car hire by the hour to the app offering a free electric car for the day, these are the best electric car apps for your planet-friendly getaway.


The UK’s largest car-sharing club has seen bookings for its

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Clean Energy Group Warns California Car Ban Will Tax the Grid

One clean energy trade group in California is warning that California’s bold new goal of phasing out gas-powered cars within 15 years will drive up power demand from electric cars by 25% — a potential problem for a state that has been struggling to keep the lights on.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the California Solar and Storage Association thinks it has the solution: solar and battery installations to shore up any power shortfalls that emerge from the onslaught of EVs, particularly rooftop solar arrays paired with home batteries.

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“Such an increase in demand on the state’s already stressed electric grid adds urgency and importance to making the state’s energy supplies safer, more affordable, and more reliable,” the group’s executive director, Bernadette Del Chiaro, said in a press release.

With record-breaking heat triggering California’s first rolling blackouts in 20 years last month, the

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Mobile Valeting Service – The Right Choice to Keep Your Car Clean

Is your car dirty and parked in your porch? Are you having a heavy workload and unable to do a car wash? Want to give your car a service while parked at your office parking area? Take your phone and call a mobile valeting service to help you in these situations.

Mobile valeting services offer the customer almost a complete car care service. Many companies and websites are available, who provide services like basic car wash to whole car professional works, at your place, nowadays. Some companies provide a wide variety of services other than servicing, like interior works, professional advices, etc. Not only cars, vehicles like tractors, agricultural vehicles, caravans, etc. can also be serviced by these facilities.

Think how much effort you should put to completely clean your car, if you are doing it all yourself. Firstly, you should clean all your seats, vacuum the fitted mats, shampoo … Read More

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How To Clean and Protect Convertible Soft-Tops

Convertibles need maintenance to remain water-tight and to keep their like-new appearance. Failure to do the essential maintenance or use of harsh household chemicals will result in hundreds of dollars of damage. A replacement soft-top will set you back $600 or more and can go over the $1,500 with installation.

The very first thing you need to know about your convertible is the type of material. Most rag tops are made using a woven polyacrylic fabric or a polyester vinyl. Cars with a woven polyacrylic fabric have a wonderful feel (like a soft canvas) and they look very classy. Polyester vinyl does not have the same high quality look, but it is economical and easy to maintain.

As you might have guessed the fabric has a tight weave to keep out the wind and rain, but they are also made to breathe. That means a fabric top is not really … Read More

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Anyone Can Clean Their Car, But What About Those Cloudy, Yellow Headlights?

It is a very common occurrence. We see then every day. Its like a disease – yellow, cloudy headlight lenses in drastic need of repair. I even saw them on cars at the local carwash. It befuddled me that these people would take such great care – washing, vacuuming the interior, removing the floor mats and even hand drying their cars, but they still had those yellowed, cloudy headlights. Its not just a problem on old, very used cars. It is prevalent on 2 – 3 year old cars also. It doesn’t matter if it is a Dodge, Ford, Mercedes, or a Porsche.

When questioned, most said they couldn’t afford, or didn’t want to pay the high prices of replacements from their local auto dealer. The average price for a pair of replacement plastic headlights at local auto dealerships was around $450 – that didn’t even include installation and alignment … Read More

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