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Electric vehicles join the club. The Green Piece.

5, 2013. The Green Piece

Car clubs have been a fashion in the last ten years or so, and now are starting to go electric too.

the launch of the UK’s first electric car club. E-Car in London last month, we a look at the increasing presence of models in car sharing services this one and explore how they help accelerate acceptance of

At the launch of the new E-Car club, the appointed Transport Minister, Kramer pledged to work local authorities to try and accelerate car as a means to cut congestion and reduce emissions.

According to BusinessGreen . the said she wanted the government to much more engaged in car clubs as part of its commitment to £500m between 2015 and to accelerate ultra-low emission

Usually charging for rental by the or half hour, car club pay a fee to join and then receive a which gives access to cars. Parked in convenient around an operating area, can find an available car to hire they want, 24/7, the club’s website or app. a convenient and flexible alternative to car rental and more affordable car ownership.

As such, services Zipcar, City Car Club and (details of your nearest available on the CarPlus website ) been getting ever popular and now some of the services are turning to battery-powered models, as Government interest is piqued.

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Indeed E-Car itself already has plans to to three other locations month-Oxford, Herefordshire University and Business Park in North London – anEd will its expansion around the South of England throughout 2014.

without electric vehicles, car were credited with a lot of good for the environment and congestion, to the car club charity, Carplus, car club car takes around 24 vehicles off the road and because car use new cars, they tend to 33 per cent less CO2 than the car.

Combining electric cars and car then, has to sound like a situation. Not only will it to get drivers accustomed to electric it is a great way to make a greener solution even greener.

And as car tend to be run in inner city for short runs, electric are well suited to the role, the chance to top up their charge jobs.

Of course, it isn’t in the UK that such ideas are explored, in recent weeks heard about both and Nissan expanding their quadricycle car club intiatives and continuing its Twizy Way car club in France.

There are some big players looking at the idea of car clubs on a scale. Most notably has to be with its car2go service. in 2008, this service in 19 cities across the USA, and Europe.

This free-floating car first arrived in the UK back in last year in London and has expanded to Birmingham too, cars to hire for as little as 35p per much cheaper approach to than ownership.

Using the car smart fortwo model, of the car2go services are also the smart fortwo ED electric too, such as the club in though sadly, not in the UK.

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Another car running its own car club is BMW, its DriveNow service operating in the US only in one city at the moment) and Although the flexible hire consists of a number of models BMW 1 Series and Mini Coopers, are also a select number of the production ActiveE models. In the with the launch of the carmaker’s full production electric the i3, there is a chance that battery-powered supermini will join the service.

One car club service which has been electric, is the Autolib car run in Paris. Launched in 2011, the now has some 2,000 electric operating in 55 municipalities around the with plans to launch in two French cities soon and in Indianapolis in the USA. Owned and the Bollore Group, the service the company’s own Bluecar electric which offers a range of up to 150 per charge.


Testing consumer

Car sharing clubs are also a way to test consumer reaction to and the nature of new prototype electric too; like the Hiroko car, a fleet of which are being used as car sharing by customers of the Deutsche Bahn service in Germany.

With plans to expand the car sharing service into locations and other countries, it is that this trial also drive retail with the two-seat car expected to around €12,000 plus a battery rental.

Back at there are examples of councils are taking it upon themselves to the use and uptake of electric cars. One example is Aberdeen County which has established a car club for use by residents and council employees in with the car club, Co-Wheels. three Nissan LEAF and one i-MiEV electric models, it is that both businesses and motorist will see the benefits of electric cars rather oil drinkers.

Co-wheels has also other councils go electric too Bristol and Gateshead and helping the District Park Authority electric vehicles like the Twizy quadricycle to visitors, in an to lure them out of their

Both home and abroad, the car craze is catching and with the of electric cars to these flexible rental fleets, got the start of a truly green to urban motoring.

It will be to watch this new craze

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