Car clubs drive interest in electric vehicles
Car clubs may be a vital ‘shop window’ for encouraging
interest and trial of electric vehicles, according to new research by
Enterprise Car Club.
It found that one in five (20%) members had already
driven an electric vehicle, with around half of those (47%) admitting they
chose the car deliberately as they were curious to try out a zero emission
In addition, a third of users (35%) chose to take an
electric vehicle because they wanted a more environmentally-friendly transport
option. Almost nine of out 10 car club users (86%) said they would be happy to
use an electric car as part of their membership.
The survey was carried out among more than 1,000 car club
users, covering both businesses and individuals around the UK.
Dan Gursel, managing director of Enterprise Car Club,
said: “Rental is a great way for people to experiment with new vehicles and new
technologies. A lot of people are interested in electric vehicles but, given
the cost, might be unwilling to buy one without an extensive trial.
“Car clubs give them that option - and also alleviate a
lot of the concerns that still exist over electric vehicles, such as range and
charging infrastructure, because those cars are hired by the hour. That means
they tend to be used for short trips in and around cities where there’s going
to be access to charging points.
“Electric vehicles also add an extra level of
sustainability to car clubs, which are already among the most
environmentally-friendly and cost-effective ways to get around by car: the
vehicles are always new, regularly maintained and low-emission.”