Europcar Mobility Group UK is making Renault Zoe electric cars available for customers in Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ).
The company has also installed four electric vehicle charging points at its Oxford rental station, close to the city’s railway station.
In a bid to reduce air pollution, the Oxford ZEZ came into force on 28 February and operates every day between 7am and 7pm, covering five main streets in the city centre.
Only fully electric, zero emission vehicles are now able to enter the ZEZ without paying while other vehicles incur a daily charge of between £2 and £10, depending on emission levels.
Streets included in the ZEZ are New Road, between Bonn Square and its junction with Castle Street; Bonn Square; Queen Street; Cornmarket Street; New Inn Hall Street; Shoe Lane; Market Street, from Cornmarket junction east for 40 metres; Ship Street; and St Michael’s Street.
Ron Santiago, Managing Director at Europcar Mobility Group UK said, “As part of Oxford City’s bid to reduce air pollution and to encourage both residents and visitors to make positive changes to the way they travel around the city, Europcar is pleased to be able to provide a sustainable and flexible travel option with our electric rental cars, which we can now charge for customers using our own charging facilities.
“For those who wish to travel through the city centre, being able to access compliant cars will offer peace of mind and ensure that they do not fall foul of any fees or penalty charges.”