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Published on March 31st, 2009 | by Courtney Maum

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The Big Green Taxi: Eco Car Service Comes to Paris

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Eco Cab Environmentally-Friendly Car Service is the New Black

A new Parisian company called Verture would like you to take a green turn away from your standard taxi service. If you’re tired of uncourteous service, an invasive musical environment, torn seats and an overwhelming sense of guilt for the 3.5 minutes you just stood still in bumper-to-bumper traffic, then Venture is for you.

Venture’s fleet of all black hybrid electric/gas Toyota Prius offer similar prices to regular taxi fare, without the regular hassles. Flat screens, TV’s, DVD players, IPod hook-ups, a laptop with Internet access, a baby seat and a universal battery for recharging your must-haves are just a few of the accoutrements that Venture has to offer. And how ’bout those carbon neutral journeys? The Toyota Prius emits 1/2 the carbon dioxide of a regular car, and Venture works with Climat Mundi to offset the miniscule amounts of carbon dioxide that do manage to slip out to fund international eco-projects. 

Verture’s eco-chic car service is only available in Paris for the moment, but this is good news for incoming visitors. Verture calculates the cost of your voyage based on the mileage of the overall trip- they don’t use meters and they announce the cost of your trip when you make a reservation. A one-way trip from Paris CDG will cost you 55 euros- the same as a normal cab (unless he decides to take you on a “special route” to see “La Tour Eiffel”).

You can find out more about Venture on their website, or book a reservation by calling +33.1.48.00.91.91 [social_buttons]

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About the Author

Courtney is a freelance copywriter based out of the beautiful Berkshires and the equally beautiful Paris. A curious arrangement, to be sure, but one that allows Courtney to achieve an inspiring balance between her outer cosmopolite and her inner greenie. Courtney has been working as a freelance writer for quite a while, specializing most recently in brand identity development for eco-luxury clients like Jurlique, Sephora, and SpaRitual. With her filmmaker husband, she also writes screenplays and translates films and documentaries in and out of French. Her short stories and poetry have appeared online and in literary magazines like the Susquehanna Review, In Other Words, and Defenestration. She is currently working on a series of humorous essays about gainful employment. An active member of the online community, Courtney writes a weekly food column for the cultural networking site, KadmusArts.com, maintains a lifestyle blog with Parisian shopping and dining tips, and posts current fiction projects on Writings on a Log. You can view examples of her copywriting at http://brightwords.blogspot.com/ Courtney enjoys ashtanga yoga, real hot chocolate, heady films and organic cotton. Merci for your interest! She enjoys ashtanga yoga, real hot chocolate, heady films and organic cotton. Merci for your interest!



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