EVie is today launching EVie Micro, its first A to B car sharing service between St. Helier and Jersey Airport.
During this trial period, customers can pick up a vehicle from town, drive it to the airport and leave it in the short-stay car park. Similarly, passengers arriving at the airport can pick up an EVie Micro car, drive it to town and leave it at defined parking zones.
EVie aims to continue expanding its fleet of electric vehicles to allow people to use them for more A-B journeys. EVie members will be able to pick up and drop off cars at predefined zones in much the same way as EVie bikes work today.
EVie’s CEO, Jamie Kelly, said: Our new Micro service is an exciting evolution of the existing round-trip EVie car fleet, helping to make journeys more affordable, sustainable and enjoyable for islanders and visitors alike. As we learn from this trial with Ports of Jersey, we aim to expand the fleet and Micro car parking zones across the island covering more popular locations.
Ports of Jersey’s CEO, Matt Thomas, said: “EVie’s new service between town and the airport aligns with our Ports Planet and People Plan, which has been created by our people to help meet the challenges of sustainability. While our primary role is to provide essential connectivity for Islanders, we are aware that the aircraft and ships our business partners and operators use are greenhouse gas polluters. So, we are doing everything we can to help them decarbonise travel.
“We are working with airlines, ferry operators, fuel suppliers and other business partners to operate as sustainably as we can, by investigating new technologies like hydrogen-powered flights, and helping airlines to minimise emissions. We are delighted to support EVie to offer this new, sustainable travel option to our passengers.”
As the number of EVie cars increases, it will be possible to pick up and drop off vehicles at places like parish and beach car parks, visitor attractions and with private landlords, providing an affordable option for the transport needs of many more drivers.
EVie has continued to expand its successful partnership with Andium and recently signed a Master Licence Agreement to allow for the expansion of the EVie fleet to accommodate 100 additional vehicles at locations around the island.
The first steps have been taken today with the launch of EVie Micro and the deployment of Citroen AMIi micro cars to serve the route between St Helier and the airport. EVie and Ports of Jersey will be working closely with EVie to assess the success of this trial service.