The project, which is backed by Digital Jersey, is due to see local firm EVie supply four to ten electric cars at locations in St Helier, including on the Parade and near the library on Halkett Place.
The vehicles will be hireable for £7.50 an hour via a smartphone app that will supply downloadable keys which lock, unlock and start the vehicles. The app will also display their availability and allow bookings to be made.
Drivers would have to pick up the car and drop it back at the parking point but future expansion plans could see further drop-off points in St Aubin, St Brelade and Gorey. Similar schemes have been rolled out in cities such as London, Edinburgh and Bristol.
EVie hopes to grow the scheme and expand its fleet of vehicles, which currently includes three BMW i3s and a Nissan electric van, should the project prove to be successful.
The firm is also planning to launch a scheme next spring allowing Islanders to hire 100 new e-bikes, which can be picked up and deposited anywhere across the Island using GPS mapping technology. The hire cost is planned to be £1 for every ten minutes and the bikes will have a range of 78 miles.
EVie Chief Executive Gavin Breeze said that the schemes would help meet a number of objectives being targeted in Jersey, including reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, lowering traffic congestion and reducing the cost of living for Islanders, who could hire cars instead of buying them.
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