The UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club service, ‘E-Car Club’, has been launched in Northampton.
Northamptonshire County County officially launched the scheme yesterday, giving visits a chance to test one of the three new ‘zero emission’ cars which will soon be available in the town.
Users can sign up to the scheme online book slots to hire the E-Car for £5.50 an hour or £45 per day. Members can also book a vehicle by smartphone, online or by calling the ECar team. The cars can be reserved for as little as an hour at a time or as long as several days.
The charging points will be based in Albion Place, next to Royal and Derngate theatre, which is where users would pick the car up from and return them back.
It costs £50 to sign up to the E-Car Club scheme online (http://www.e-carclub.org/) – or £25 up to Christmas – and members have to be at least 19-years-old and they must have held a full drivers licence for a year.
Once signed up, the users are given a card, similar to a London Oyster Card, which enables them to ‘unlock’ their car and use it.
This video goes through the whole procedure step-by-step.