According to an article by the New Zealand Herald, the Kiwi city of Christchurch will be making 100 electric cars available at 10 hubs around the city, in what’s been described as the largest transition from combustion engines to pure electric shared vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere.
The car sharing service should reduce emissions, and offer a more efficient use of vehicles to businesses and residents, partnered with public and private sector organisations.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said, “An electric car sharing scheme is an exciting initiative for our city.”
“The fleet will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and we are proud to be the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities internationally, that has an electric car sharing service.”
The Christchurch City Council chose Kiwi fleet management company, Yoogo to implement the service. Residents will also be able to book and use the electric vehicles.
Yoogo general manager Kirsten Corson said the electric car sharing platform was a “smart and sustainable way to get around town” for businesses and residents.
The first stage of the car share scheme will be launched in November, when Hyundai Ioniq and BMWi3s will be available at hubs in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu car park, the West End car park and at Christchurch International Airport.