A fleet of 10 new electric cars are available to rent in Bristol, following funding from the European Union research project REPLICATE.
The 100% electric Renault Zoe cars will allow more people to rent zero emission vehicles in Bristol. The cars are based at nine locations across the city, including on-street parking at Brunswick Square, Stuart Street and Effingham Road.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport and Energy at Labour-run Bristol City Council, said: “I’m delighted that there are new electric vehicles for hire in the city, as it means more people will be able to experience the benefits of modern zero emission cars.
“The electric vehicles will help us to reduce the impact of the city’s current transport system and improve air quality, as no carbon emissions are produced and many car club members choose to give up owning a car.
“For those who are thinking of switching to electric, the car club scheme is also a great way to try before you buy.”
To encourage take up of the electric vehicles, operator Co-wheels has launched an introductory offer for anyone who lives in Bristol. For just £1 new members can get £25 worth of driving credit added to their account, to use against the hourly car hire charge. There is also no monthly minimum spend required.
The electric vehicles form part of Bristol’s REPLICATE research project, which encourages local people to try out the latest energy, mobility and ICT solutions.