Herts University launches EV car club

The University of Hertfordshire has become a pioneer for electric cars (EVs) by launching the first fully electric car club on an academic campus.

The new scheme allows students (over 19), staff and the local community to access two Renault Fluence ZE at two sites on the University's campus.

The initiative was set up by the university environment and sustainability team, Source East and E-car club to provide a more environmentally friendly and economical alternative to owning your own car.

A standard membership is £50 (£25 for students) and rates start at £5.50/hour or £45 for a day. Access to the EVs is gained through an E-car membership card and can be charged via the Source East, Source London or Electric Highway public charging networks.

Being part of the club allows members to 'forget' about insurance, tax, breakdown cover, parking permits, maintenance and cleaning, which are all provided as part of the service. The university advocates the car club's ease of use; all you have to do is 'book, unplug and drive away'.

Car clubs have also been proven to help reduce the amount of CO2 being emitted in the UK. Therefore, they have been supported by environmentalists trying to curb the risk of climate change.

The University of Hertfordshire currently has 12 members of staff taking advantage of the car club and is aiming for this number to rise to 30 by the end of the year. The overall target for membership is 100, with members able to use the car club for both business and private trips.

To find out more about the scheme or to sign up with E-car Club visit the E-Car Club website.

Carplus, University of Hertfordshire

Edward Wirgman

Author:Edward Wirgman
Date Updated:17th Apr 2014

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