Co-cars are introducing electric cars to the South West
They are easy to drive, automatic and smooth and silent.
Why choose Electric?
Electric vehicles (EVs) represent the best environmental choice for new cars for many reasons:
- Improved air quality – there are no emissions at all at the point of driving, delivering a significant benefit to city centre pollution levels, including NOx and particulates, as well as CO2.
- 100% Renewable Energy power – our cars are charged with electricity from Good Energy, which is generated from 100% Renewable Energy, meaning zero emissions.
- No noise – at low speeds the cars are almost silent (at higher speeds the noise comes from the wheel resistance), creating a more pleasant local neighbourhood.
- Fun, quick and easy to drive – the EVs are automatic, very responsive and quick off the mark.
- No mileage costs – making your Co-cars trip even cheaper.
- Lower impact option – EVs are over 40% more efficient than standard petrol and diesel cars, when looking at ‘well to wheel’ and life cycle analysis.
How do I use them?
- The EVs are booked on the Co-cars online booking system.
- Instead of a fuel card, there is a charging access card, which gives you access to the charging point. Just use the card, stored in the glove compartment, to retrieve the charging lead, put it in the boot, and you are ready to drive off.
- All the cars clearly display how many miles you can complete on your trip.
- At the end of your booking, use the charging access card to access the charging point, plug the car in, return the charging access card to the glove compartment and lock the car with your Co-cars smart card.
- There are information sheets, with detailed instructions, in all the EVs, just in case!
- Pricing is Band 3 with Free mileage when using our on-street charging post.
What about recharging?
- The Co-cars EVs are parked in bays with dedicated Fast 22kw charging posts. If you encounter any issues, please call our helpline on 0345 345 2544.
- The charging access card is stored in the glove compartment (where the fuel card is usually kept). The ‘Type 2’ charging lead is in the boot.
- Cars typically take about 2 hours to recharge completely, but some can be a bit quicker, some a bit slower.
- Please put the car back on-charge at the end of every booking – ready for the next member!
- If you do have to recharge the car at non Co-cars EV charging point, you are responsible for any costs of the recharge.
- There are more and more public charging points popping up across the UK – find your nearest one on Zap-Map. The map also shows which charging access card you need – some of them will be accessible free of charge.
- Exeter City Council have free charging points in some of their car parks.
- Please do not charge the EVs at home, using 3 pin plug.
Ecotricity operate the Electric Highway – a network of rapid chargers in service stations and IKEA stores on major trunk roads across the UK. Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF cars can use these charge points, but please plan your journey accordingly, if you do not wish to pay to recharge (the cost will not be covered by Co-cars). To charge:
Electric Renault Zoe
The new Renault Zoe, 40kw electric vehicle, has real life charge estimates of up to 190 miles in summer and 140 miles in winter. Supermini style, with 5 seats and 338 litres of boot space. For more details see our car details page.