The Royal Borough of Greenwich has worked with Enterprise Car Club to set up an electric car club available to local businesses and residents.
The council will trial the e-car scheme in the Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) of Greenwich and the Peninsula, with two electric Nissan Leaf vehicles now available from fixed charging bays in Ronan Street and the Park Row car park.
A further five vehicles will become available soon, according to Royal Greenwich.
Enterprise Car Club currently operates more than 1,100 on-street, low-emission cars and vans in more than 30 major towns and cities in the UK, including many at transport hubs.
Any Enterprise Car Club member can hire the cars, which are available 24/7 365 days a year.
The Nissan Leaf has a battery life of more than 90 miles and can be charged at any Source London charging site around the capital – of which there are currently more than 850, with a further 2,000 due by 2020.
The pilot programme will last for two years and if it is successful, it will be rolled out across the borough.
Royal Greenwich says more electric charging bays will also become available to owners of e-cars in the LEN area.
Councillor Denise Scott McDonald, cabinet member for air quality, public realm and transport at the Royal Borough of Greenwich (pictured with Nissan Leaf), said: “Electric cars are a great way of getting around and, if any driver is thinking about trading in their vehicles for an electric car, this scheme is the perfect way of seeing if an electric vehicle will work for you.”
Dan Gursel, MD of Enterprise Car Club, added: “We see this electric vehicle club as part of how Enterprise is assisting local authorities in achieving their targets. It will provide exceptional insight on how car clubs and rental can enable more environmentally friendly motoring and is part of how councils can improve air quality in major cities up and down the UK. For Enterprise Car Club, this is an important step towards out goal of achieving a 50 per cent Ultra Low Emission Vehicle fleet in London by 2025.”