DriveNow introduce fleet of BMW i3s onto London’s streets
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:57
The BMW i3 is available now
Flexible car sharing launches London’s largest electric car fleet
DriveNow service introduces fleet of BMW i3s onto London’s streets as part of plan to reduce CO2 emissions and traffic congestion in the capital
The new flexible car sharing service from BMW Group and Sixt SE – today rolled out its cutting-edge fleet of BMW i3s across North and East London, giving residents instant booking-free access to zero-emissions vehicles.
The 30 fully electric, Congestion Charge-exempt BMW i3s – London’s largest electric car fleet – are complemented by DriveNow’s existing pool of 240 BMWs and MINIs. Cars are available for pick-up and drop-off anywhere in the boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Haringey and Waltham Forest – an area the size of Manhattan. Further expansion into adjoining London boroughs is planned, as well as up to 20 new cities worldwide.
DriveNow has been working closely with Transport for London and the Mayor of London’s office to encourage greater uptake of car clubs in the city.
Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor Environment & Energy to the Mayor of London said: “We’re pleased to see car club providers like DriveNow playing their part in increasing availability of electric vehicles in London […] We would like to encourage Londoners to consider car club memberships like these as an option for the occasional short trip.”
Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, also commented: “Hopefully DriveNow can both inspire London motorists to embrace the car sharing concept, and act as a green energy role model for other London fleet operators”