All-Electric Car Sharing Service Launched in Christchurch
As an international leader in eco-friendliness, it was only a matter of time before New Zealand started an all-electric car sharing service.
As of February 15, that day has officially arrived!
First of Its Kind in New Zealand
The only city in New Zealand to offer a full fleet of electric cars in their car sharing service, Christchurch is also one of the few cities in the world.
Toronto, Paris, Singapore and San Diego are other cities around the globe looking to reduce emissions and congestion by launching a similar service.
Created by The Christchurch City Council
Brainstormed, researched and launched by the Christchurch City Council, this new car sharing service is being managed by Yoogo Share.
Launched to help the Council reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, the fully battery powered electric car sharing service will also deliver improved environmental and health outcomes.
Various Stages Will Launch Certain Hubs Around the City
In stage one of launching the car share service to the public, Hyundai Ioniq and BMWi3 were made available in in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu car park, the West End car park and at Christchurch International Airport.
In April, ten or more hubs will be added to the service, which will then be up to 100 battery electric vehicles. This second stage of the program’s launch will be funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s Low Emission Vehicles contestable fund.
Hubs to be added in stage two will be at The Crossing car park, the Ara Institute, Canterbury University, Papanui and Fendalton libraries and the Lyttelton Community Centre.
Numerous Benefits of Using Electric Vehicles
Having an all-electric car sharing service offers numerous benefits for Kiwis.
Besides having a lack of tail pipe emissions that will reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality, this type of service will reduce traffic congestion and provide commuters with more transportation options.
Plus, it will play a huge role in reaching the government’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
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