Zipcar is rolling out a fleet of 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs in London this yr — in what the corporate is touting as the biggest rollout of electrical vehicles in a single English metropolis.
Particulars from the corporate are nonetheless sketchy, however Zipcar mentioned that the primary electrical autos can be accessible over the summer time, with extra hitting metropolis streets all through the rest of the yr.
Zipcar expects the fleet to prime out at 325 by the tip of the yr.
The Boston -based firm is providing these new eGolfs underneath its Flex service, which permits prospects to choose up vehicles and drop them off wherever in London. They’re accessible through the Zipcar app, the corporate mentioned.
“With over 200,000 Zipcar members now in London, we’re already seeing Londoners embracing automotive sharing relatively than automotive proudly owning in rising numbers. If we’re to realize more healthy, cleaner streets, as set out within the Mayor of London’s newest Transport Technique, this modification away from automotive possession and in direction of automotive entry is important,” mentioned Zipcar’s UK normal supervisor Jonathan Hampson, in a press release.
For Zipcar’s associate Volkswagen, the deal is a strategy to burnish the corporate’s now-tarnished repute within the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that has price the corporate roughly $25 billion billions and seen the company’s former chief executive indicted.
“That is an thrilling step for Volkswagen. Hundreds of Zipcar members will expertise electrical driving, maybe for the primary time, and we all know they may love the performance and ease of use that the all-electric e-Golf gives,” mentioned Alison Jones, managing director of Volkswagen UK. “Internal-city residents are on the lookout for options to automotive possession and this growth of the connection between Volkswagen and Zipcar provides one of the best of each worlds: on-demand driving and 0 emission motoring throughout the UK’s capital.”