Elec­tric car share start-up

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Up to 90 cars will be taken off Welling­ton’s roads with a new elec­tric car share ser­vice launch­ing on Mon­day.

The first three hy­brid pool car will be lo­cated in a row of spe­cial parks on Clyde Quay, where they will charge when not in use, with peo­ple able to book the use of the ve­hi­cles through their smart­phones..

Mevo co-founder Erik Zy­dervelt said the car share al­ready had a wait­list for sign ups.

‘‘We put out cars in threes around the city, to start with you will pick up and re­turn to the same lo­ca­tions. As we grow we will work with the City Coun­cil so we can move to a pick-up drop-off sys­tem and even­tu­ally move to a free-float­ing sys­tem, so you can leave them any­where,’’ he said.

There is also a fourth charg­ing point at the lo­ca­tion for other pri­vately-owned elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

Zy­dervelt said Mevo’s fleet of Audi A3 e-trons would fully charge within two hours.

‘‘We es­ti­mate about 90 per­cent of trips can be done on pure elec­tric, and a great deal of Welling­ton’s en­ergy comes from Merid­ian’s West Wind project.

It’s a fair thing to say that a lot of the en­ergy go­ing into the cars comes from Welling­ton’s wind.’’

In the next 12 months Zy­dervelt planned to ex­pand to 50 cars across 64 charg­ing sta­tions, as well as a new car share in Auck­land.

In or­der to launch the project, Zy­dervelt said the Welling­ton City Coun­cil had to cre­ate a pol­icy frame­work.

‘‘Projects like Mevo are set­ting the blue­prints in place for a fu­ture of sus­tain­able, ac­ces­si­ble trans­porta­tion that can utilise ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture in smarter ways. ‘‘

Zy­dervelt said most ve­hi­cles were in use only four per­cent of the time, with busi­ness fleets idle dur­ing out-of-work hours and pri­vate ve­hi­cles un­used dur­ing the week.

By sign­ing up to Mevo the ex­pense at­tached to th­ese ve­hi­cles would be saved.

Welling­ton Mayor Justin Lester said Coun­cil was pri­ori­tis­ing 100 car parks across the city for elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ers and car shar­ing.

‘‘We want to en­cour­age more sus­tain­able trans­port and fur­ther es­tab­lish our lead­er­ship in this area.’’

Sign up to ei­ther a busi­ness or per­sonal ac­count.

There are three pack­ages, a pay-asyou-go and two monthly con­tracts, which cus­tomers can pur­chase to match their us­age.

Users check the avail­abil­ity of cars on their de­vice, book 30y min­utes ahead to en­sure avail­abil­ity, and then un­lock and start the car from their phones on ar­rival.

JOHN NI­CHOL­SON/FAIRFAX NZ

Finn Lawrence and right Erik Zy­dervelt co-founders of Mevo car shar­ing, which started op­er­at­ing on Mon­day.

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