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Join Exeter’s Electric Revolution

By May 11, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

An electric car revolution arrives today, when Exeter and the far South West’s first shared electric car is launched by Co-cars, the hire by the hour car network. The electric Renault Zoe is available for just £4.75 per hour and with FREE mileage, all booked easily through a smartphone or online. The car is easy to drive, quiet, has a range of up to 190 miles and is zero emissions as its electric is from 100% renewable energy.

The car is the first of a growing fleet of electric cars which will be at parked at on-street locations next to its own electric charger. It complements Co-cars wider range of almost 30 hybrid and low emission cars in Exeter and across the far South West and its Co-bikes shared electric bike network in Exeter.

The shared zero emission electric cars and bikes not only helps meet Exeter’s Air Quality challenges but helps reduce congestion too as they can help reduce the number of cars on the road.

Residential membership of Co-cars costs as little as £25 per year for an Individual or Household. Members have access to all of the Co-cars in the South West

Funding for the electric car has been provided by Co-cars and Exeter City Council through developer contributions from David Wilson Homes – the electric charge point is situated in Albatross Road, Newcourt, Exeter.

Managing Director Mark Hodgson said “Co-cars is growing in Exeter and we are really pleased to be adding electric vehicles to our fleet. Cars are only used 3% of the time yet cost £000’s to buy and run.  By using digital technology, people can have access to the latest electric technology at a fraction of the cost of buying a car that both saves people money, is good for transport in Exeter and its environment”.

Cllr Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for City Transformation, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting this great initiative, which not only helps to reduce our dependency on private cars but also helps improve air quality in the city.”

Sara Parker, sales director of the regional division of David Wilson Homes based in Exeter, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project as part of our contribution to the community. Without doubt the use of electric cars is growing and sustainability is at the heart of our developments.

“The car share scheme itself is fantastic and gives access to cars to people who don’t need one all of the time. The fact that the car is electric makes the offer even more compelling. We wish them well with the venture.”

How to join

Complete the online application form for either Individual or Household membership at