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October 24, 2013

Hamlets becomes first in UK to have pay-per-use electric club, in a move intended to improve air quality

The UK’s entirely electric pay-per-use car club was launched in Poplar, London, by transport minister Susan Kramer yesterday 23).

The car club will see Zoe and Renault Fluence vehicles to the London borough of Tower to enable businesses and residents in the to book and rent the electric for between an hour and up to several 24 hours a day.

Transport Baroness Kramer speaking at the car launch in Tower Hamlets (October 23)

According to E-Car Club, runs the scheme, each will help achieve a reduction in nitrous oxide per year and a 1-2kg reduction in matter emitted in urban

The car club scheme was also by London Mayor Boris which he said showed his plan for an ultra-low emission in London was beginning to drive

Mr Johnson said the scheme was a innovative first for London, directly contributes to the delivery of of my priorities: improving London’s air and quality of life, London the electric vehicle capital of and enabling Londoners to access new and opportunities.”

The project was installed by E-Car in partnership with social Poplar Housing Regeneration and Association (HARCA), which 9,000 homes in the local

Speaking at the launch, Baroness said: “Here is a scheme kills three birds one stone congestion, cost and This government is serious in its for ultra-low emission vehicles.

“We provide consumer incentives of the cars used by e-car have cost £5,000 than they would otherwise, thanks to our Plug-in Car Government also funds to help with the delivery of and we have recently announced a £500m to provide long-term for the sector.”


Levels of nitrogen dioxide on of London’s busiest roads – as the A14 that runs through – are nearly three times the limit.

Also attending the was MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, who “Access to electric cars at rates will be a fantastic to the transport infrastructure of the area. We to find ways for people to get without further contributing to the high levels of pollution on the A13 and is a great option.”

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launch follows a similar pilot project started in Keynes in October 2012, as as a partnership with Luton council that was launched this year.

E-Car plans to open schemes in Oxford, University of and Maylands Business Park in the months before rolling out across the country.

The company was in 2011 with investment Sustainable Venture Partners and the Strategy Board, to offer access to low carbon transport for businesses and communities.

Christopher co-founder of E-Car Club, “The E-Car mission is a if ambitious, one. We want to mobility on a local level simultaneously reducing both the and environmental impact of each taken. We expect this to be the of many such schemes and forward to launching hubs London and the South East in

The Transport Research Laboratory estimates that replacing 10% of the UK business fleet with vehicles would reduce emissions by 500,000 tonnes per

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