DriveNow Announce UK Managing Director

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:50
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DriveNow, the car sharing joint venture of the BMW Group and SIXT SE, has announced that James Taylor will be taking over as Managing Director of DriveNow UK. Taylor will be replacing Joseph Seal-Driver, who departed the business earlier in May.

James Taylor joined DriveNow UK in March 2015 and was Head of Marketing before taking up the position of UK MD. Previous to his time at DriveNow, Taylor has almost 15 years experience in senior marketing, operational and management roles.

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James Taylor commented:

“The growth in popularity of car clubs in London has been really impressive, with proven year-on-year growth and I’m excited to continue to drive this forward for DriveNow in the future. London’s air quality and congestion is an issue which needs to be addressed and it’s something flexible car sharing in particular can really help to improve. Our aim is to get DriveNow into every borough in London – so I look forward to contributing towards a cleaner, less congested city!”

DriveNow is a ‘free-floating’ car club, which means customers can drop their car off in any residents’ parking or pay-and-display bay within a defined operating area, thanks to agreements with London boroughs. This creates a fully flexible service, encouraging one-way on-demand journeys that are more reflective of the needs of modern life than the traditional “return to bay” car clubs offered by competitors.

With over 25,000 members in London since its launch in December 2014, DriveNow currently has 310 vehicles on the streets of North and East London – in the boroughs of Islington, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest. Aside from the convertibles, DriveNow also offers one of London’s largest electric car club fleets, with a range of fully electric BMW i3 models available to drive at the same by-the-minute cost.

BMW’s carsharing service DriveNow to include in your piece about Bluecity’s expansion into Hammersmith and Fulham:

“We welcome any new car club operator to London as this will help increase the number of car club members in the capital, and assist Londoners in giving up private car ownership.
As one of Europe’s leading flexible car club providers with over 900,000 members, DriveNow has proven success across twelve European cities. Despite only operating in North East London for just over 2 years we already have over 15% of London’s car club market. This clearly demonstrates that the flexible model is the one which Londoners want to use.
DriveNow also leads the way when it comes to zero-emission vehicles, with the largest fleet of fully electric shared cars in London. It’s great to see a new operator following our lead.
Our ambition is to continue to grow our electric fleet, but in order for electric vehicle use to continue to grow in the capital there needs to be an increase in accessible and affordable charging points which will serve all users, from private car owners, to taxis and car clubs.”

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