Zipcar Adds 50 Volkswagen Golf GTE In London From £7 Per Hour
JUN 19 2016 BY MARK KANE
Zipcar announced the addition of 50 plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTEs in its London fleet.
The new investment will also make Zipcar’s fleet the largest PHEV car sharing fleet in the city.
The new cars will be available from £7 ($10) per hour – the same hourly rate as a petrol Volkswagen Golf:
- 40 cars located on-street in the City of Westminster, with new charging infrastructure
- 10 cars located elsewhere in London, including Tower Bridge and Old Oak
Westminster City Council, which partners with Zipcar on the project, has installed new charging infrastructure in 40 of car club parking bays.
By 2025 50% of car-share fleets in London are to consist of8 electric vehicles.
“One in 10 UK car club members have now used an electric vehicle, up from four percent in 2014/15, according to the latest Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs. For those members who haven’t yet used an electric vehicle, 89% expressed an interest in trying one.
Westminster City Council residents recently named air pollution as their biggest concern, ahead of other local issues. Westminster is also bidding for funds to create a Low Emission Neighbourhood in Marylebone and recently introduced an ‘air force’ of parking marshals to educate people about the impact of engine idling.
By making the innovative Volkswagen Golf GTE available to Zipcar members at the same hourly rate of £7 per hour as a petrol Volkswagen Golf, members have another compelling reason to choose zero-emission vehicles for their urban trips. It will also mean thousands of Zipcar members will experience electric driving for the first time.
The Golf GTE offers the best of both worlds for Zipcar members so that more people can choose electric. Whether it’s for short, local trips, such as food shopping or driving a relative to a hospital appointment, pure electric driving means zero emissions in the city. For those weekends when a break from the city is needed or the summer months inspire a trip to the beach, members can be safe in the knowledge that they have the full range and efficiencies of petrol hybrid driving.
The appeal of the Volkswagen Golf GTE is that it is a technologically advanced car with a superior engine and yet is as familiar to drive as the petrol Golf. When started, it will automatically default to electric vehicle mode. All 50 cars support Apple’s CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM so that members can enjoy phone features such as maps or music through the GTE’s in-built display.
The Car Club Strategy for London announced last May by London Councils, GLA and TfL targeted 50% of car-share fleets to be electric vehicles by 2025.
 The Volkswagen Golf GTE hybrid can drive up to 31 miles fully electric charged
 Combined with the 31 miles of electric driving, the petrol hybrid has a range of 580 miles”
Mark Walker, Zipcar UK General Manager, said:
“At Zipcar, we are all about simple and responsible urban living. The Volkswagen Golf GTE fully supports that ethos and is ideal for our members. The combination of pure electric vehicle driving in the city and full flexibility to escape anywhere in the country, without compromise, is compelling. We believe our members will thoroughly enjoy driving this car in electric mode and will become keen advocates for electric vehicle driving in London.”
Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council cabinet member for parking and sustainability, said:
“Electric vehicles are key to helping address pollution. Giving more people the chance to drive an electric car in London, and on a shared basis, is a big step towards creating a greener city.
“We are delighted that residents and visitors to Westminster will have the opportunity to try out these vehicles.
“Car sharing makes so much sense in central London, where a private car is not often needed.”