Europe’s largest car manufacturer and world’s largest car sharing network enter Zipwagen partnership
Volkswagen is joining forces with what’s the world’s largest car sharing club Zipcar to launch its ultra-low emission Golf GTE in London.
The partnership is further demonstration of how driving profiles are set to change into the future where increasing numbers of inner city residents will choose to use cars as and when required, making car sharing schemes attractive.
A total of 50 Volkswagen Golf GTE models with dedicated charging stations, will be made available to Zipcar members, with 40 located in the London Borough of Westminster and a further 10 cars elsewhere in the capital.
The partnership allows members of the car club access to the Golf GTE for as little as £7 per hour.
The Golf GTE is an electric/hybrid vehicle that has scooped a series of prominent automotive industry awards including an overall win in the UK’s influential Green Apple Awards, and the Green category in the annual BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards.
When fully charged in all-electric mode, the Golf GTE has an electric range of up to 31 miles and when electric and petrol combine, the total range is 580 miles although these figures are mitigated by driving styles, terrain, number of passengers, additional electrical equipment, outside temperature and terrain.
The car’s latest generation lithium-ion battery can be charged in two ways: either when plugged into a charging station or, if necessary, while being driven on the road. Zero to full charge takes two hours and 20 minutes.
Mark Walker, Zipcar UK general manager, said, “The Volkswagen Golf GTE is ideal for Zipcar members and ideal for London. Volkswagen’s innovative plug-in hybrid technology means the best of both worlds: zero emission driving in the city, combined with total flexibility for driving long distances. “Thanks to our Zipwagen partnership, Zipcar members will be able to drive this leading-edge, premium car for just £7 per hour and, once they have done so, I’m confident they will become positive advocates for electric driving in the city.”