As a Chicago limo company, we are often confronted with the question of what the difference is between a limousine and a stretch limo. Sometimes clients call us and are not sure of what type of limo service they need to order. The only difference between a limousine and a stretch limousine is the size of the car. If a chauffeur is driving a luxury car, then the car is considered a limousine, whether it is a sedan or a stretch limo.
In basic terms, a limousine is a luxury car that is chauffeured. Unlike a taxi, which also comes with a driver, a limousine is a nice car that often has extra amenities, such as leather seating and bottled water. The limousine can be a sedan, a town car, a hybrid, a mini SUV, an SUV, a flex fuel, or a stretch limousine. Even party buses and vans can count as limousines if they are provided by a limo company and come equipped with a professional chauffeur.
The difference between a limousine and a stretch limo, then, is merely the length of the car. A stretch limo is simply a sedan, town car, or other vehicle that is cut in half, extended, and welded back together. (There is a lot more body wise and mechanically that goes into making a stretch limo, but we can cover that in another Going Green Limousine blog!) So, a sedan is a limousine that, if it gets stretched, becomes a stretch limousine. Both a regular limousine and a stretch limousine can be called a limo.
To make ordering a limo service easy, when you call your limo service provider, you can ask for a sedan, SUV, stretch limo, or party bus. You can also tell them how many passengers you need and they can help you determine the type of limo you need.
If you only have two people then you will probably want a sedan, although you may want a stretch limo for just the two of you. If that is the case, be sure to specify you want a stretch limo and not just a limo otherwise you may get a sedan. Obviously, if you have eight people, you will want an eight passenger stretch or a ten passenger stretch. (The number of people that actually fit in a stretch limo is also conversation for a different Going Green Limousine blog.)
This is really all the information you need to know in order to decide what type of limo you want and how to make your reservation. Whether you are booking online or ordering your limo by phone, simply choose a sedan limo, a stretch limo or any other type of limo you need. As long as you get a luxury ride with a professional chauffeur you are in a limo.
Going Green Limousine Keeps Chicago Going Green
Our green Chicago limo service is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. We are so excited to be Going Green Limousine and we are thrilled to be taking you with us. My husband and I started this business a year ago with the intention of providing green limo service to Chicago, its surrounding suburbs, Northwest Indiana, and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Our goal was to provide first rate luxury limo service with a drastically reduced carbon footprint. We have succeeded.
Limo cars spend the majority of their day idling in the limo lot or in city traffic, emitting greenhouse gases and polluting our environment with toxic Particulate Matter (PMs). With the introduction of larger hybrid vehicles to accommodate passengers comfortably in the limo service industry, we didn’t understand why Chicago limo companies were not taking advantage of the technology to correct and maybe even reverse the damage being done.
We knew it was something that needed to happen. We decided it was something we needed to do. After much shopping and deliberation, we chose the Ford Escape Hybrid as our signature vehicle due to its roomy interior, its excellent cargo space, and its terrific MPG rating. Our eco-optimized Ford Escape can get up to 51 miles per gallon, and that’s in the city. Furthermore, our eco-optimized hybrids capture harmful PMs and reduce emissions by more than 80% over the other limo service providers, which is a huge impact when you consider there are more than 9,000 limo cars in Chicago alone.
As an added bonus, the Ford Escape Hybrid can hold four passengers whereas most limo town cars and sedans only carry three passengers. So, our hybrid SUV eliminates the need for a stretch vehicle simply because of the addition of one more person. For parties larger than four people we have even larger hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles, and for any stretch limo work in and around Chicago, we happily donate a percentage of those proceeds to Chicago Gateway Green.
In our commitment to greening Chicago ground transportation, we also decided to green more than just our cars. Our entire business is run via telecommuting in order to eliminate the need for a physical office location that would simply consume resources. Our chauffeurs are able to take the hybrids home so that they do not need to put a car on the road for the sheer purpose of picking up another car. We reduce paper waste, use recycled materials, and reuse and recycle paper and plastic.
Our entire Chicago eco limo team is dedicated to greening Chicago and our clients are making it possible. Happy anniversary, Going Green Limousine, and thanks to all of you for Going Green with us!