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VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF ZIPCAR UK FLEET TRAVELS OVER 250,000 ELECTRIC MILES

Jan 11, 2019

  • 10,000 Zipcar UK members took more than 50,000 trips in e-Golfs
  • Volkswagen and Zipcar UK EV partnership began last year
  • Zipcar UK fleet in London now features 325 e-Golfs

Milton Keynes – Volkswagen’s partnership with car sharing club Zipcar UK has already delivered over 250,000 miles of stress-free, zero-emission driving in London, with almost 10,000 Zipcar UK members having used the fleet for more than 50,000 trips.

The Zipcar UK e-Golf fleet has recently grown to 325, making it the largest shared electric vehicle fleet in the UK. Since the first e-Golf was introduced just six months ago in July 2018, the fleet has already racked up enough emission-free mileage to travel just over ten times around the Equator.

The e-Golf is ideal for urban use, with a WLTP-certified range of 144 miles and (a typical day-to-day range of 124 miles) from its 35.8 kWh battery pack, and impressive acceleration from its 136 PS electric motor.

Zipcar UK’s Volkswagen e-Golf fleet is available on its Flex service which allows members to drive from A to B and drop off the cars where convenient within a Zipcar zone, via the Zipcar app. The service is pay-as-you-go, with users hiring an e-Golf from just 31p per minute, capped at £14 per hour.

“The e-Golf’s warm reception from Zipcar UK members is testament to its ease of use in the city, as well as their eagerness to go electric in the capital,” said Claire McGreal, Volkswagen UK Brand Strategy and Mobility Services Manager. "Extending the Zipcar UK e-Golf fleet will ensure that more of the car club’s 230,000 registered users in the UK will be able to enjoy convenient, zero-emission travel.”

Jonathan Hampson, General Manager for Zipcar UK, said: “We passionately believe that electric car sharing is the way forward for Londoners when it comes to driving in the capital. Working with Volkswagen we have made EV driving more affordable and accessible than ever before. These figures speak for themselves: Londoners are embracing EV driving and proving that there is a real potential to make EV driving mainstream in the capital, and help fight the city’s pollution challenges.”

For more details on the e-Golf – together with brochures and pricing – and to use Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk. Further information on Volkswagen’s electric vehicles is now available at www.volkswagen.co.uk/electric-hybrid.

For more details about Zipcar UK please visit www.zipcar.co.uk.

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*Energy consumption figures are obtained under standardised EU test conditions (Directive 93/116/EEC). This allows a direct comparison between different manufacturer models but may not represent the actual fuel consumption achieved in ‘real world’ driving conditions. More information is available on the Volkswagen website at www.volkswagen.co.uk and at www.dft.gov.uk/vca

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