An exciting new venture is allowing business travellers to drive around in an electric car for a day – for free.
Staff of companies enrolled in the new Electric Day Pass scheme can pick up a smart VW e-Golf from Europcar Rentals at one of New Zealand’s major airports in the morning, use it free for a day, then return it before their flight home.
The scheme is a joint venture by VW, Europcar, and Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch airports, to get decision-makers behind the wheel of an electric car. The goal is to have more Kiwis experience the benefits of sustainable driving first-hand.
The e-Golf runs like any other VW Golf with a “real driving range” of 150 kilometres. Says VW head of passenger vehicles Scott Kelsey: “It just has a power socket instead of a fuel cap.”
To book a car using the scheme, go to www.europcar.co.nz/electricdaypass. Companies register once for $150, then the service is free. Bookings are essential, 48 hours in advance.