London-based green sedan service debuts in DC area

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Another car service has come to Maryland.

London-born Green Tomato Cars crossed the pond to launch service in the Washington area this month, serving the region that includes Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. The company also runs to and from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Green Tomato, which is classified as a sedan service, has some similarities to Uber, in that customers can seek a ride through a mobile app. But it touts an environmentally friendly service, provided by a fleet of hybrid cars.

Ricky Moskowitz, co-founder of the Washington operations, said the location was chosen because the company wanted a region on the East Coast of the United States where residents have a great interest in green services.

The soft launch in Washington started in February, but the service fully launched in the week of May 12. Green Tomato now has about 25 cars in the area, which run at $3 per mile, with a 25 percent discount for customers who use the mobile app.

As with similar services, customers can reserve a ride in advance. But they can get a ride at the last minute via mobile app, on the company's website or over the phone.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com

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