Rental and leasing firm Autohorn has added ten Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles to its short term rental fleet.
The B-Class Electric Drive vehicles join plug-in hybrids on the firm's fleet.
Autohorn also has six of its own electric charging points in the city, contributing to the further expansion of the network of UK charging stations.
Lee Underwood, managing director at Autohorn, said: "We are proud to be leading the way in the car rental market to be the greenest fleet in Yorkshire. This marks the largest single delivery of electric vehicles received and we are confident that there is growing demand for these types of vehicles. People are focusing on emissions and air quality a lot more now. It's the air you breathe, and the air your children breathe, and there's an increasing awareness. Electric and hybrid vehicles are going to be the future. They are ideal for city centre transport and we offering customers the opportunity to rent one for a day, a week or a month so they can ‘try before they buy’ and see if ‘going electric’ suits their life-style.
Paul Harnett, group fleet manager at Mercedes Benz York said: “Autohorn is our largest customer, buying about 400 vehicles from us during a year. It is great to see them encouraging their clients to look at electric vehicles as a suitable option for either hire or lease. The technology is improving all the time and ‘going electric’ is becoming increasingly viable particularly for journeys in and around the city centre. Reducing emissions has got to be the way forward not only for York but for the future everywhere.”