Melbourne residents of the EQ Tower apartment complex will now have access to two Hyundai Kona Electrics for use in Ohmie Go’s car-sharing scheme, the first dedicated service to offer electric vehicles (EVs) on fleet.
Though exact pricing for usage is still to be announced, reports are pointing out a $15 per hour base rate for environmentally conscious customers who only need the use of a vehicle on occasion.
A Jet Charge fast-charging station is also fitted in the EQ Tower’s carpark to ensure the two Kona Electric vehicles will be juiced up when booked, which is done through a smartphone application.
Hyundai’s Kona Electric was launched earlier this year and sports a 64kWh lithium-ion battery for a 449 kilometre driving range, while a 100kW fast-charger can juice up the emissions-free SUV up 80 per cent in less than an hour.
However, Ohmie Go has also implemented a process that will not allow customers to take out the Hyundai Kona Electric if there is insufficient charge.
Ohmie Go also has plans to expand its network of EVs to other cities, including Sydney and Brisbane, and buildings if the pilot program in Melbourne goes well.
Will electric car sharing take off in Australia? Tell us what you think in the comments below.