New electric car club in Stratford is first of its kind in UK

September 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on New electric car club in Stratford is first of its kind in UK § permalink

The future is looking brighter – and greener – for Stratford as it launches its own Electric Car Club.

Stratford’s pay-per-use E-Car Club is the first of its kind in the UK – offering residents all the benefits of electric travel at a fraction of the cost of owning a vehicle, writes Jessica McKay .

E-Car Club managing director, Chris Morris, said: ‘We’re confident the programme will reduce transport emissions and provide a cheap, fun, flexible way to get around the town and county.”

The club currently owns four cars, each of which has its own specifically designated parking space and electric charging point at locations including town centre car parks and at Stratford Parkway station.

Two Renault ZOEs are available to hire from the town centre locations, and two Nissan Leaf vehicles are based at Stratford Parkway rail station. The cars can travel 90 miles when fully charged, making them ideal for short, regional journeys.

Any driver over the age of 19 can book an E-Car for £5.50 per hour or £45 per day by phone or online. The fees include tax, insurance and maintenance, so there are no ‘hidden costs’ for drivers.

Mr Morris added: “We’re committed to ensuring that the vehicles are a cost effective option for those that need them most, including low income households and the younger drivers who might not otherwise have access to a car.”

The E-Car Club has been backed by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council with money from the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to support it.

Coun Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “Schemes like this take cars out of circulation, reduce pressure on parking, make savings for families, reduce overall car use and encourage active travel. I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to bring this initiative to Stratford.”

Coun Mike Brain, Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s portfolio holder for technical services, also highlighted the positive enviromental impact the E-Car Club would have, adding: “The project delivers on the district council’s core aim of minimising the impact of climate change.

“It is a perfect catalyst to boost the number of electric vehicles on our region’s roads.”

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