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Launch of new nationwide electric car club: E-Car

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E-Car , a new nationwide electric car club, has been launched in Milton Keynes.

E-Car will be offering Milton Keynes residents and businesses the chance to sign up to the scheme and hire a Nissan LEAF for around £5.50 per hour.

Members of the scheme are given a smart card and pin code and once they have booked a vehicle online, by phone or on their mobile, they can walk to where the LEAF is parked, tap the card on a reader in the screen, unplug the charging cable and drive it away.

E-Car’s mission is to increase mobility while reducing travel costs and emissions. E-Car will be launching in North Oxford with a further two Nissan LEAFs later this autumn.

There are three ways for businesses to access a LEAF through the scheme.

Pay as you Go – businesses join the club and add drivers to their account with monthly itemised billing on account holder’s usage hours.

Business Account – if a company is going to hire a vehicle for a few hours per week, a business account entitles them to a 20% discount and the ability to block book vehicles in advance. Usage can be tracked online and costs are invoiced monthly.

E-Car hosting – if a hub isn’t available locally, businesses can provide a publicly accessible parking space for a vehicle and E-Car will take care of the rest. Businesses can replace or extend their existing fleet with zero emission vehicles with E-Car managing the fleet on their behalf.

Each E-Car club is set up in cooperation with local communities and low carbon groups to ensure it runs the type of vehicle that potential users require.