Volkswagen and Zipcar have extended their partnership to bring more than 300 new all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf models to London’s streets. Zipcar, the car-sharing company, and VW have been working together since 2016 – a collaboration that has seen Londoners get their hands on the petrol-electric Golf GTE or Polo models. Now, the choice of cars will be extended to include 325 e-Golfs.
Jonathan Hampson, General Manager for Zipcar UK, said: “We have always wanted to use the cleanest possible vehicles, which is why we’re incredibly proud and excited to team up with Volkswagen for this zero emissions initiative. It marks another step towards our vision for a greener London where car sharers outnumber car owners, making our amazing city an even better place to live for all.”
The e-Golf has a [realistic] range of around 120 miles on a full charge, which should be plenty for city driving. The new models will form part of Zipcar’s ‘Flex’ service, which allows members to ‘drive and drop’ cars in one-way trips around the city. Booking would be completed online on through their smartphone app.
Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: “This is an exciting step for Volkswagen. Thousands of Zipcar members will experience electric driving, perhaps for the first time, and we know they will love the functionality and ease of use that the all-electric e-Golf provides.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is likely to approve of this partnership between VW and Zipcar as it helps to promote the use of electric, zero-emission, vehicles in and around London. While he hasn’t commented on Zipcar’s order of the e-Golf models, Khan’s approach to combatting pollution is ever-present in the central areas of London.
This is a huge step in the right direction for a future where car sharing beats car ownership. Hopefully this is just the beginning of Zipcar’s all-electric push and we can’t wait to see electric models popping up outside of London.