Shared electric vehicle fleet for hire in Auckland
A small but growing fleet of shared electric vehicles (EV) is now available for Aucklanders to get around.
Car sharing company Cityhop on Friday released its second shared EV in Auckland - an SUV - with more to come, Cityhop said.
Cityhop is a car sharing business whereby users pay to rent vehicles, by the hour, via its website.
The company also has a fleet of 50 petrol cars.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff said the EV movement was already in motion and would help reduce congestion on Auckland roads.
‘‘Every car share vehicle takes up to 13 cars off our roads and every electric vehicle is one less car sending carbon into our atmosphere,’’ Goff said.
Cityhop’s new EV would be available at the Downtown carpark - the same location where Mercury Energy installed the city’s first ever EV charging station, in 2015.
On September 7, NZTA enacted a bylaw allowing EVs to use 11 priority bypass lanes on state highways in Auckland on a 12 month trial.
This included transit lanes and motorway on-ramps.
NZTA safety and environment director Harry Wilson said after installing signs, the lanes were expected to open to EVs by the end of September.
EV drivers must check the signage at the start of each lane to ensure they are eligible to use the special vehicle lane, he said.
This was the second bylaw trial of its kind in Auckland this year.
In March, NZTA ran a two week trial allowing EVs access to five priority lanes.
Information packs were sent out to 978 participants, with 68 responding to the survey.
Of the respondents, 78 per cent said access to priority bypass lanes improved their journey from ‘‘slight improvement’’ to ‘‘speeds up travel considerably’’, NZTA said.
American electric car giant Tesla was preparing to open its first New Zealand retail store and service centre at 501 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.
The official opening date was yet to be confirmed.
‘‘Every car share vehicle takes up to 13 cars off our roads and every electric vehicle is one less car sending carbon into our atmosphere’’
Mercury chief executive Fraser Whineray, Auckland mayor Phil Goff and Ben Carter from Cityhop test out the new EV in Auckland’s Downtown carpark.