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Somerset town opts for Europcar electric car share scheme

Renault Zoe, Europcar, E-Car ClubCouncillors in a Somerset town have replaced their car share club with one operated by global car hire supplier Europcar. Under the terms of the agreement, E-Car Club has brought two eclectic cars to Frome for members of the now defunct Co-Wheels scheme to hire.

Drivers looking for the convenience of by-the-hour rental service now have the economical Renault Zoe EV hatchback at their disposal. These come with a range of up to 90 miles on one full charge. Car club members say this is more than adequate for per-hour hires and people needing to travel farther would be better off getting daily rentals.

The charging stations for the two vehicles are outside the Town Hall and at the Cheese and Grain events complex. Frome council says the new agreement with the Europcar affiliate was effective from 1 June and replaces the previous Co-Wheels one. Co-Wheels members will be added to the E-Car Club’s membership roster.

Frome’s council signed the original contract with Co-Wheels to provide residents and visitors with greener transport solutions and also to improve air quality. Co-Wheels pulled the plug on its EV late last year claiming lack of funds. The end result was that all the car club had left were a hybrid car and one standard fossil-fuel one.

This state of affairs did not make Frome’s councillors very happy and, after several rounds of negotiations, they decided to switch allegiances to Europcar and the E-Car Club. The Frome Times says E-Car Club is also setting up shop in nearby Midsomer Norton and in historic Bath.

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