A new car club has arrived in North Solihull offering a convenient alternative to running a car without the high cost of owning one. E-Car Club (a Europcar Mobility Group company) has brought 18, all-electric Renault ZOE hatchback vehicles to the area, which can be booked for an hour or several days at a time.
The ground-breaking scheme is aimed to widen access to electric motoring and encourage the local population to embrace electric as a key part of the future of sustainable travel. Supported by EIT Climate-KIC, Solihull Council and Solihull Community Housing Association (SCH), the new car sharing scheme will see vehicles priced from as little as £3.50 per hour and £25 per day.
Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards OBE, said: “This is a great opportunity for local residents to try electric cars cheaply. This pilot scheme lets people rent out cars for as little as an hour with no added extras. It is an easily accessible and flexible car rental offer which could make a real difference to local people’s lives – while also reducing emissions on our roads.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Apart from the environmental benefits from this scheme which I am sure we all support, we are also helping to reinforce our region’s position as the centre for battery-powered vehicle design and manufacture.
“Industries like this are the future for the West Midlands economy and by promoting innovative schemes like this, we are helping to accelerate adoption and usage.”
Patrick Cresswell, Managing Director of E-Car Club said: “We are delighted to give North Solihull residents the opportunity to integrate electric vehicles into their everyday lives through E-Car which offers a self-service, low cost and low emission car club. It’s a flexible solution for drivers who don’t want to commit to car ownership but need access to a car from time to time.
“We hope this scheme will encourage car owners to consider using the service as an alternative to vehicle ownership. And that should result in fewer cars on the road, and ultimately reducing emissions and congestion.”
The vehicles are specially adapted to include an RFID card access system, meaning they can be booked online (or via the E-Car Club mobile app) and used by several different people throughout the day. The cars can be booked for any length of time over one hour, and as they’re completely electric, there are no additional fuel costs to worry about. Insurance is even included, and the minimum membership age is 19.
E-Car Club’s award-winning, Renault ZOE’s are the latest 40KwH version and have an average range of 150 – 180 miles per charge. Which covers the majority of day-to-day journeys and makes those longer journeys more accessible in an electric car.
E-Car Club will be promoting a special introductory offer which includes discounted lifetime membership (£15 normally £50) plus £15 free driving credit.
Registering to the scheme & viewing nearest locations can be done via the E-Car website: ecarclub.co.uk/hello-Solihull