An electric vehicle (EV) club will go live in London on the 26th of April.
Bluecity’s car sharing scheme will initially only be available in Hammersmith and Fulham, where the local council hopes it will help reduce heavy congestion and air pollution.
It will be managed by Bolloré, which runs the similar Autolib scheme in Paris.
The launch has been planned for around three years – progress has been slow due to the French operator’s negotiations with various local authorities and Transport for London, as well as the lacking charging infrastructure for EVs.
At first there will be 30 vehicles across 85 charge points in the borough. These figures are expected to expand through the summer, with charging points expected to number more than 1,000 by the end of the year.
Vehicles can be dropped off at charging points in other boroughs but have a range of 150 miles and can’t be driven outside of the M25.
Local residents will be offered a year’s free membership and 20 hours of free driving. Membership is usually £5 a month with driving costing 17p a minute.