Zipcar and Vauxhall announce sharing scheme in London
However, unlike other vehicles in the Zipcar fleet, the Amperas will be extremely easy to spot on the Capital's busy streets. In fact, the electric vehicles are set to become movable London landmarks thanks to their eye-catching full-body wrap liveries of spots and country meadows.
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Walker, General Manager of Zipcar UK said: "Thanks to the Ampera's unique technology, on any given day, Zipcar members can be doing multiple short trips using only the stored electric battery power or longer trips powered by electricity generated by the on board range extender. For the first time in an electric vehicle, members need not worry about range or recharging.
"To make this pilot possible – specifically the provision of dedicated charging points – we will be partnering with five London Boroughs: Camden, Croydon, Islington, Wandsworth and Westminster," continued Walker. "For a number of years, we have worked closely with these Boroughs to develop the uptake of car sharing in London and their continued commitment to advancing the concept of car sharing is crucial for making London an even better place to live and work."
Stewart Gibbs, Vauxhall's New Business Fleet Sales Manager, added: "With the Ampera, Vauxhall has brought to market the first electric vehicle that can go anywhere anytime. It's a vehicle designed to lower emissions and boost fuel economy.''