Improving Christchurch’s air quality, one trip at a time

Christchurch people using electric car sharing service Yoogo Share have saved 50 tonnes of carbon, or the equivalent of over 20, 000 litres of petrol being consumed[i].

Kirsten Corson, the General Manager at Yoogo Share, says the company now has over 3,000 members in Christchurch.

“We’re aiming to hit 100 tonnes of carbon savings in Christchurch by the end of this year. The level of support we’ve received from businesses and private members in Christchurch has been fantastic.

“The cars are fun to drive as well as being great for the environment.  Using Yoogo Share means you can book and drive a pure electric car without buying one.  You can say goodbye to fuel, service and repair bills and do your little bit for a sustainable New Zealand.”

To celebrate the major milestone, the company recently planted 1000 native trees in Evans Pass to help restore the valley. Yoogo partnered with the Department of Conservation, Meridian Energy and Hyundai to mark the milestone, along with members of their car sharing service.

“The native planting efforts in Evans Pass represent the kilometres travelled by our members. It’s a great way to give back.” Corson said.

The concept of electric car sharing was an initiative led by the Christchurch City Council as part of their transition into becoming a smart city and reducing emissions of their staff driving around the city.  To date, Yoogo Share has around 100 pure electric cars in their fleet across eight hubs in Christchurch and have recently opened a new hub in Auckland.

The cars are available to book by the minute, hour, day, night or weekend and are a solid option for businesses or individuals who want to make some smarter decisions around their cars & mobility.