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Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


Electric Car Club Lets Potential EV Customers Try Before They Buy

October 12th, 2012 by  

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.

Electric Car Club in Milton Keynes

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.

Nissan’s fleet sales director, Barry Beeston, is enthusiastic about the EV rental idea in general and the choice of the Leaf in particular:

“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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Source: Business Green
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spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, 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.

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