I received an email from Lis Shelley a few days ago. She explained that she lived in Switzerland for 8 years where it is common for people to “car share” rather than own a vehicle outright. Basically the way it works is you sign up and use your swipe card to gain electronic access to your pre-booked (internet or phone) car which is at one of many convenient locations. Then you get a monthly bill for total distances travelled and time used. Lis points out that there are now a couple of Australian companies that have got the idea, www.flexicar.com.au and www.goget.com.au .
This idea fits well with electric vehicles because the average consumer would occasionally like to travel more than the day range of an EV. EV’s make terrific second or commuter vehicles but don’t fit the quick refill scenario with today’s electricity infrastructure limitations. Statistics show that the average petrol vehicle spends most of its life doing nothing (parked) and then, when it is used, only for short trips (<50km) which are perfect conditions for electric vehicles.
So for those day trips to the beach you just pick up your nearest share car and return it at the end of the day, no human interaction required!