Zipcar UK’s new shared EV cars in London have already been used by over 6,000 drivers in the three months since they were introduced.
The 325 Volkswagen e-Golfs have already undertaken over 20,000 trips with its fleet of EVs since launching in July 2018, and Zipcar believes its new EV offer is helping create a surge in car sharing in the capital, with UK membership growing by 25 per cent to 230,000 members in 2018 alone. The number of Zipcar vehicles in the UK now totals 2,700.
Jonathan Hampson, General Manager for Zipcar UK, says: “We passionately believe that electric car sharing is the way forward for Londoners when it comes to driving in the capital. However, until now EV driving has presented too many challenges, including a lack of charging points and high costs, which is why it’s been slow to take off.
“We’ve removed those pain points: Zipcar handles all the charging so members don’t have to, and our EVs are priced at just 31p per minute or £14 per hour. For the first time we have made EV driving more affordable and accessible.
“Our figures speak for themselves: as a result of our new EV fleet Londoners are embracing EV driving and proving that there is a real potential to make EV driving mainstream in the capital, and help fight the city’s pollution challenges.”
Zipcar UK has been steadily growing its offering for London members over the past few years. This now includes Zipcar Roundtrip, available throughout London, whereby members can pick up a car from a Car Club bay, drive, and return the car to its original spot; and Zipcar Flex, the one-way, drive and drop service that launched in July 2017 and has proved hugely popular and is now operating in 10 boroughs, with more in the pipeline.
Zipcar’s EV offer forms part of Flex, making EV car sharing a greener, cleaner solution when it comes to meeting Londoners’ everyday car and transport needs.