Nissan LEAF launches Milton Keynes E-Car Club
Car club members can access Nissan LEAF on an hourly or daily basis
Three options available for businesses to access an electric vehicle
Three of the emission-free hatchbacks have been purchased by the organisation, ‘E-Car Club’. The club will be offering Milton Keynes residents and businesses the chance to sign up to the scheme and hire a LEAF for around £5.50 per hour.
Members of the scheme are given a smart card and pin code and once they have booked a vehicle online, by phone or on their mobile they can walk to where the LEAF is parked, tap the card on a reader in the screen, unplug the charging cable and drive it away.
E-Car’s mission is to increase mobility while reducing travel costs and emissions. E-Car will be launching in North Oxford with a further two Nissan LEAFs later this autumn.
There are three ways for businesses to access a LEAF through the E-Car scheme.
- Pay as you Go– businesses join the club and add drivers to their account with monthly itemised billing on account holder’s usage hours
- Business Account– if a company is going to hire a vehicle for a few hours per week, a business account entitles them to a 20% discount and the ability to block book vehicles in advance. Usage can be tracked online and costs are invoiced monthly.
- E-Car hosting– if a hub isn’t available locally, businesses can provide a publicly accessible parking space for a vehicle and E-Car will take care of the rest. Businesses can replace or extend their existing fleet with zero emission vehicles with E-Car managing the fleet on their behalf.
Barry Beeston, Nissan’s fleet sales director, said: ‘We welcome the launch of E-Car as it makes LEAF accessible to a number of consumers and business users who previously may not have had access to an electric vehicle,” explained Barry Beeston, Nissan’s fleet sales director.
‘E-Car has some excellent corporate services set up which are increasingly important as companies aim to reduce their carbon footprint.
E-Car chairman Andrew Wordsworth added: ‘E-Car is being launched at a very exciting time for motorists as many want to experiment with driving an electric car before they make the decision to own one.
‘We hope to grow the E-Car network over the coming months.’
Each E-Car club is set up in co-operation with local communities and low-carbon groups to ensure it runs the type of vehicle that potential users require.