Electric car club launches in Harbury

An electric car club has been launched by Harbury Energy Initiative in association with E-Car Club, the UK's first pay-per-hour entirely electric car club business.

The club is the culmination of nine months of work beginning with an application to the Carplus Car Club Challenge, funded by the Department for Transport.

Harbury Energy Initiative (HEI) won one of only six grants in their category to start a pilot club in Harbury in partnership with E-Car Club Ltd.

Car clubs are becoming increasingly popular in Britain with 185,000 members accessing about 3,000 cars. Many of the clubs are introducing electric vehicles to their fleets in an attempt to reduce emissions, however, there are very few schemes that operate in a community as small as Harbury.

The 2,500 villagers will have access, through life membership, to two Renault ZOE electric cars locally and the use of electric cars in any of the other locations where E-Car Club is active, such as Stratford-on-Avon.

The chairman of HEI, Bob Sherman, said: "This is a significant and exciting project for our village sustainability group and has been part of the HEI's agenda for change for some years.

Chris Morris, Managing Director, E-Car Club, said "I'm delighted to officially announce the launch of E-Car Club in Harbury. This a very interesting scheme for us, given that the village has a relatively small, but very close and engaged community.

"HEI has an active sustainability agenda and is taking major steps towards a sustainable future which we feel privileged to be an integral part of."

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Peter Thomas

Author:Peter Thomas
Date Updated:18th May 2015

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