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Electric car sharing

Zipcar offers electric car sharing in London, so you can drive around the city responsibly, without having to own a car. Our vision is simple – to enable simple and responsible urban living. And our mission is bold – to change the way people think about driving in cities around the world. But it’s not just about living car-free and less CO2 – it's about sustainable solutions. That’s why in 2018 we partnered with Volkswagen to introduce hundreds of electric cars to our London car sharing fleet.

Why electric?

Our electric cars are already leading the charge across London, giving Londoners access to 325 affordable electric cars whenever they need them. But that’s just the start. Our goal is to be fully electric by 2025, with 800,000 Londoners embracing fully electric car-sharing and reaping the benefits.

Four handy hints before you hit the road

If you’ve never rented an electric car before, here are some handy hints to get you started.

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Our app and the dashboard will show you an approximate range for the car. Speed, cold weather, air-conditioning and heating will impact the car’s mileage.

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It’s not something you have to worry about - our team charge electric Zipcars overnight to make sure you’ve got plenty of juice in the morning.

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It’s quiet

The e-Golf is super quiet. You’ll know you’re ready to drive when you see the big green READY button on the dashboard screen, and you’ll also hear a chime.

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It loves London

Before your trip, make sure the car is showing you plenty of range to get to your destination within the Zipzone. We don’t recommend taking this car on any out of London adventures.

Our vision for 2025

We’ve had plug-in vehicles in our fleet since 2012. So we’ve always known electric is the future. That’s why we’ve developed a 2025 vision that secures that future. With the current growth we expect 800,000 Londoners will be embracing fully electric car-sharing, delivering huge benefits to the city.

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9,000 shared electric cars

Serving all the needs for Londoners with zero tail pipe emissions.

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12,000 fewer private cars

Removed from our roads because car-sharing members are selling or no longer buying their own cars.

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821 million fewer miles

Driven every year thanks to private cars removed from the road and car sharers driving fewer miles as they cycle, walk and use public transport more than average Londoners.

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160,000 tonnes of CO2

Saved every year thanks to the switch away from 120,000 private to 9,000 shared electric cars.

Ready to drive?

Reclaim the driver’s seat (and the radio). Get from A to B, run errands, have an adventure –whatever you need wheels for, it’s time to get around the smarter way.