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UK’s first electric car sharing club launches

The UK’s low-carbon transport ambitions have moved up a gear today with the launch of the first entirely electric pay-per-use car club.

E-Car Club, which launches in East London before nationwide roll out, will allow businesses to reduce the cost and footprint of their fleets; make electric vehicles available to local communities; and tackle the growing problem of urban air pollution.

The first installation from E-Car Club will see the new Renault Zoe and the Renault Fluence coming to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in partnership with social landlord Poplar HARCA, which owns around 9,000 homes in the local area.

The organisation and its residents will benefit from access to a low-carbon, low-cost transport solution, whilst the pay-per-use club membership will make electric vehicles available to the community in an area of long-standing social and economic deprivation.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer opened the launch and commented: “E-Car Club is a scheme that kills three birds with one stone – congestion, cost and carbon. This government is serious in its support for ultra-low emission vehicles. […] Government also funds measures to help with the delivery of infrastructure and we have recently announced a further £500m to provide long-term support for the sector.”
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