Shared electric cars for 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, September 15 released its second shared EV in Auckland - an SUV - with more to come.
Cityhop is a car sharing business whereby users pay to rent vehicles, by the hour, via its website.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff said the EV movement was already in motion.
‘‘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.
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 the lanes were expected to open to EVs by the end of September and drivers must check the signage to ensure they are eligible to use special lanes.
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.
Mercury chief executive Fraser Whineray, mayor Phil Goff and Ben Carter from Cityhop test out the new EV in Auckland’s Downtown carpark.