The UKs first entirely electric pay-per-use car club service, 'E-Car Club', has been launched in Northampton.
Northamptonshire County County officially launched the scheme yesterday, giving visits a chance to test one of the three new 'zero emission' cars which will soon be available in the town.
Users can sign up to the scheme online book slots to hire the E-Car for 5.50 an hour or 45 per day. Members can also book a vehicle by smartphone, online or by calling the ECar team. The cars can be reserved for as little as an hour at a time or as long as several days.
The charging points will be based in Albion Place, next to Royal and Derngate theatre, which is where users would pick the car up from and return them back.
It costs 50 to sign up to the E-Car Club scheme online (http://www.e-carclub.org/) - or 25 up to Christmas - and members have to be at least 19-years-old and they must have held a full drivers licence for a year.
Once signed up, the users are given a card, similar to a London Oyster Card, which enables them to unlock their car and use it.
A spokesperson for E-Car Club said: "This is one of the first schemes of its kind and it aims to increase peoples transport options in and around the town, giving them an alternative, more sustainable way to travel that will help save money and reduce our impact on the environment.
"What ECar Club and its partners are doing is providing people living in or travelling around Northampton with the opportunity to conveniently hire a fullsized electric car without the cost of owning one."
Chris Morris, co-founder and managing director or E-Car said: We are delighted to be launching this service in Northampton. It is through multiple-stakeholder partnerships, such as we have with Northamptonshire County County, The Royal & Derngate theatre, British Gas and Nissan that schemes of this kind work best and we look forward to developing a region-wide service throughout Northamptonshire in 2015.
Martin Orrill, Head of Energy Technology and Innovation at British Gas, said: The launch of this fantastic service represents a significant milestone in creating a clean, low carbon Northamptonshire. As a partner of the county were very proud to play our part. The benefits of the scheme speak for themselves improved air quality, reduced ownership costs, less congestion and reduced traffic noise to name a handful. The charging point weve installed is as easy to use as plugging in a mobile phone, so were confident that members will find all-electric motoring straightforward and enjoyable. This is the start of an exciting initiative to boost low-carbon transport in the county, and is one of many tackling sustainability that were very pleased to support.
Source: Northants Herald & Post
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