E-Car Club – the UK’s first electric car sharing club – has announced a new location for their scheme at the University of Hertfordshire. Working in partnership with Source East, initially there will be three electric cars available for hire by the hour.
The scheme costs from £5.50 per hour (from £45 per day) for the rental of either one of two Renault ZOEs or a Renault Fluence.
Both of these cars have a range of around 75 miles in the real world however they are very different in other respects. The ZOE, while smaller, has a much better charging ability. The onboard Chameleon Charger allows it to take power from pretty much any Alternating Current charging station up to 44kW.
The Fluence was the car created for Better Place and battery swapping. However without any battery swap stations in the UK, it is limited to a maximum recharging rate of 3.3kW. This is balanced by it being a much larger car with a higher carrying capacity.
Dr. Stephen Boffey, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Regional Affairs at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The University is always looking at ways to improve the travel choices for staff, students and the local community and we are proud to be the first university to launch an electric car club. We hope that by offering access to a low carbon form of transport, we can work together to reduce the cost and environmental impact of each journey undertaken.”
Other locations for the E-Car scheme include Oxford, Wolverton, Luton, Hemel Hempstead and Chrisp Street in London.
Chris Morris, Co-founder, E-Car Club, commented, “The E-Car team and I are delighted to be launching this scheme in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and Source East.
“A first for the UK, we’re confident the programme will not only reduce transport emissions and costs for UH faculty, but provide a convenient, flexible and affordable transport option for University students as young as 19.
“Starting with 3 cars available to hire by the hour across 2 campuses, we’re ready to increase the number of vehicles quickly as demand dictates. With hourly rates of only £5.50 and cars available 24/7, 365 days a year, we’re expecting the scheme to prove popular with a wide variety of users.”
The scheme is open to any drivers from the age of 19 upwards allowing those who may not be able to own an electric car to experience the thrill and fun of driving electric.
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