A fleet of 10 new electric vehicles are now available for short term rental in Bristol. Using funding from the EU project REPLICATE, ten Renault Zoe were brought to the city, available from nine locations across the city.
The rental of the vehicles is overseen by the national car club Co-Wheels, which has experience in letting its members hire vehicles on a pay-as-you go basis. A launch offer to get residents more interested in BEVs was put in place, although no mention was made as to whether the fleet will be expanded in the future.
Richard Falconer, director of Co-Wheels, stated that significant interest in electric vehicles had come from their members, while at the same time, “Many Co-wheels members don’t want to add another car to our busy roads and would rather use a shared vehicle when they really need one.” This level of interest bodes well for the venture, which also includes the set up of 14 charge points across Bristol as part of the EU funding.