The largest 100 percent electric car-sharing scheme in the Southern Hemisphere has been wheeled out in Christchurch.
The Yoogo Share initiative adopted by Christchurch City Council will put a pure EV fleet of 100 cars, 10 hubs and 100 chargers around the rebuilding city.
Twelve key businesses with 3000 drivers are already working with the Yoogo Share cars, and removing 115 combustion engine vehicles from their fleets.
Membership will open to private users next month. Users can pick up a car at a Yoogo Share hub and, when finished, drop it back and plug it in to charge.
Yoogo chief executive David Jenkinson said the technology is a cost-effective alternative to company cars, rental cars, taxis and even private ownership.
“Imagine landing at Christchurch airport on business, just one minute walk to your Yoogo Share car, which you access via your membership card or phone. At less than $15 an hour to drive a new BMW i3 or Hyundai Ioniq — it’s a no-brainer.
“While electric vehicles are increasing in popularity, they can be challenging to adopt because of the extra cost of the vehicles, not to mention costs for chargers and installation. Sharing is a great way to enable the benefits of an EV without the hassle or cost.”
Yoogo Share has active hubs at Christchurch Art Gallery car park, West End carpark, Christchurch International Airport, Fendalton and Papanui.
In May last year, Europcar and Volkswagen New Zealand teamed up with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports to offer corporate travellers free electric cars to travel between business meetings.