An electric car club has been launched in for all residents and local business users in Sharing Cities lighthouse city the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The Council has teamed up with the borough's regular car club provider Enterprise Car Club to trial the e-car scheme in the Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) of Greenwich and the Peninsula.
Two electric cars, Nissan Leafs, are now available from fixed charging bays. A further five electric vehicles will soon become available at fixed charging bays, also around the LEN area.
Encouraging residents to find cleaner travel
Councillor Denise Scott McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "We are delighted that Royal Greenwich is leading the way in encouraging residents to find cleaner, more efficient ways of travel. Electric cars are a great way of getting around town.
"If any driver is thinking about trading in their vehicles for an electric car, this scheme is the perfect way of seeing if an electric vehicle will work for you."
Any Enterprise Car Club member will be able to use the electric cars. The vehicles are available 24/7, 365 days a year, priced from as little as £6.20 per hour, which includes VAT and insurance, and five pence per mile including recharges.
The Nissan Leafs have a battery life of more than 90 miles and can be charged at any Source London charging site around the capital. There are currently more than 850 charge points around London and 2,000 more will be in place by 2020.
'Part of how councils can improve air quality'
Dan Gursel, managing director of Enterprise Car Club, said: "We see this electric vehicle as part of how Enterprise is assisting local authorities in achieving their targets. It will provide exceptional insight on how car clubs and rental can enable more environmentally friendly motoring and is part of how councils can improve air quality in major cities up and down the UK. For Enterprise Car Club, this as an important step towards our goal of achieving a 50% ultra low emission vehicle fleet in London by 2025."
The Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) is an innovative scheme set up by Royal Greenwich and part funded by the GLA. It is focused on improving air quality in the Greenwich West and Peninsula wards using a mixture of 'smart technology' and tried-and-tested techniques to reduce transport emissions and make the area more people-friendly.
The electric car club in the LEN is a two-year pilot. If successful it will be rolled out across the borough.
More charging bays available for electric car owners
This latest initiative is also good news for electric car owners in the borough. Beside the new car club charging bays, more separate new electric charging bays available for electric car owners are also coming to the LEN area.
Enterprise Car Club members in Royal Greenwich can also access the company's wider nationwide network of over 1,100 on-street, low emission cars and vans in over 30 major towns and cities across the UK, including at many railway stations and transport hubs.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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