THE RENTAL SERVICE OF ELECTRIC CARS IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR

The ELMO rental service, starting in full capacity on 1 January, makes trying out electric cars even more convenient and affordable. Several rental points have been added and from the New Year the first hour of the small vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV will cost only three euros, which is just half the former price.


In July this year, KredEx started a trial period of ELMO Rental in Tallinn and Tartu. The service promoting electric cars has been used over 1,500 times in five months, and more than 250,000 kilometres have been driven in rented cars.

During the trial period, the number of rental points where vehicles can be rented has been increased, and feedback has been collected from the users in order to further improve the service.

“People have a great interest in trying out electric cars and the service is increasingly used. In the summer months and at the beginning of autumn there were several occasions when all the vehicles were used by customers and it was necessary to check on the web page when the next vehicle would become available. Mostly, electric cars are rented either for a couple of hours or a longer period, e.g. all day. Also, renting cars for the whole weekend is widespread,” said Heikki Parve, electrical mobility programme specialist.

The average kilometrage of an ELMO rental vehicle per one use so far has been 157 kilometres. The record belongs to a user having passed 1,883 kilometres with a vehicle. The average age of the user of ELMO Rental is 33 years and men are mostly interested in the service.

From 1 January, the cost of the first hour of ELMO Rental will drop to three euros for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and for the Nissan Leaf it remains at six euros, applied also at present. Every following rental hour costs three euros, regardless of the car make. The maximum fee for a 24-hour rental session is 30 euros, and when 24 hours are reached, the price of the first hour will be applied again.

In order to use ELMO Rental it is necessary to sign an agreement at www.elmo.ee. After signing the agreement everything takes place by mobile phone: it is possible to find a free vehicle from the map, and one can start the rental session of a vehicle, open and lock the doors by mobile phone, which is also the car key.

The rental points of ELMO Rental in Tallinn are at Viru Keskus, the bus station, the parking lot of Väike-Rannavärav, Tammsaare Business Centre, Mustamäe Tehnopol and Haabersti Rimi. In Tartu, the rental point is located immediately next to the bus station by the Science Centre AHHAA.

 

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