For anyone on the fence about how cool (or practical) an electric car actually is, a chance to try it before you buy it might be just the right kind of push. A new car club in the UK’s Milton Keynes is providing exactly that service — and it’s not just a car club, it’s an electric car club.
The new electric car club, called the E-Car Club, just launched with five all-electric Nissan Leafs. Businesses can book one of the cars for £5.50/hr, or sign up for an account (which gives them 20% off and lets them block-book the cars in advance). Company chairman Andrew Wordsworth believes that they’ll be able to significantly help the electric car industry in the UK:
“We believe E-Car is being launched at a very exciting time for motorists as many want to experiment with driving an electric car before they make the decision to own one. We hope to grow the E-Car network over the coming months.”
Go On, Take It for a Spin
Accessibility to electric cars might do exactly what Wordsworth thinks it will; generate enthusiasm not only for the sake of zero emissions — a sentiment catching hold in Milton Keynes already — but also for the sake of how fun electric cars can be. In addition to offering its own fleet of cars, E-Car will also help businesses electrify their existing vehicle fleets by managing the new EVs on behalf of the businesses.
“We welcome the launch of E-Car as it makes LEAF accessible to a number of consumers and business users who previously may not have had access to an electric vehicle. E-Car has some excellent corporate services set up which are increasingly important as companies aim to reduce their carbon footprint.”
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Charis Michelsen spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissin, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.