A LOCAL council has launched a pay-as-you-go electric car rental scheme.
Residents in coastal town Poole can now rent electric cars from the Borough of Poole on evenings, weekends and public holidays.
The scheme, a collaboration between the council and rental company Co-wheels, sees three Nissan Leafs made available for use by council staff between 8am to 6pm on working weekdays, with the cars then available to anyone outside of those times.
To use the cars, members of the newly created Poole Car Club website can book time with a car online — with insurance and charging costs included as part of the rental price — and can operate the car using a membership card, meaning no key is required.
Prices vary based on the time booked and mileage covered during a user’s time with a car.
Andy Rutter, Co-wheels operations manager, told the Bournemouth Echo: “Co-wheels are delighted to be supporting Borough of Poole in launching and developing the car club.
“I am sure that together we will provide a great, sustainable travel option for both residents of Poole and visitors alike.”
Julian McLaughlin, Poole council’s head of growth and infrastructure, said: “In the current financial climate we need to look at how we can do things differently and still benefit Poole residents.
“By using car club vehicles rather than their own cars, our staff will be demonstrating that electric vehicles are a viable, zero emission alternative to conventional vehicles. The car club cars will also save the council money compared to staff using their own vehicles for business travel.”