Car clubs have long been hailed as an environmentally friendly option, reducing the number of vehicles on the road and cutting out unnecessary trips. But a new breed of car clubs is going one step further – by only renting out electric cars powered by a rechargeable battery. Clubs, such as Zipcar, have been around since 2000, and the concept is relatively simple. Members pay an annual or monthly fee and hire cars by the hour. In return, they avoid the costs associated with buying and running a car such as tax, insurance and maintenance. You can book online or via a smartphone app, pick up and return to various street locations, and access via the app or membership card. But nearly two decades after car clubs first arrived, all-electric ones are joining the fray. Drivers who join can hit the road safe in the knowledge they are driving emissions-free. Electric cars are also quiet, offer smooth driving, accelerate quickly and are exempt from the London congestion charge. Comparing car club costs can be tricky with different schemes charging various one-off, annual, or monthly membership fees, plus hourly or daily charges, or per mile or per minute. Some also have… Read full this story
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