Could eHUBS be the answer for you?
Around a third of households in Greater Manchester don’t have a car, and there are times when those that do find that it’s ‘double-booked’. The RAC Foundation also estimates that cars are only driven for one hour a day on average.
As an alternative to a private car, and for short and longer journeys such as the weekly big shop, meeting friends locally or a day out with the family off the beaten track, we think our new eHUBS trial may be the answer.
The first part of the trial has been launched at East Didsbury Metrolink P&R, an electric car club scheme in collaboration with Enterprise, giving people the option to hire an electric car quickly and easily.
The rest of the eHUBS project will be launching soon in Bury town centre, Prestwich, Chorlton, Whalley Range and Ancoats. The hubs will offer a range of affordable ways to hire eCargo bikes and electric car club vehicles quickly and easily.
Funded by Interreg North-West Europe, we hope the pilot project will be popular with all sorts of people, and will show how electric cargo bikes and car clubs can help keep Greater Manchester moving safely and sustainably.
Read on for more info on the eCargo bikes and Electric Car Club schemes, and watch this space for news of the launch.
eCargo bikes are great for when you need that little bit of extra space on board. Whether you need to drop the kids off at school, take some big parcels to the post office, or fancy a trip to the park, an eCargo bike is an easy, fun way to get around.
Cargoroo, a European Startup Prize for mobility silver winner, will launch its successful eCargo bike hire scheme as part of the eHUBS project in Manchester this autumn - a first for the UK. 25 eCargo bikes will be available to hire in Chorlton, Whalley Range and Ancoats from Monday 6 December.
In the meantime, take a look at Cargoroo in action in the Netherlands/ eCargo page.
Join the (electric car) club
We know that riding a bike or using public transport may not be right for every journey. If you don’t have access to a car but need to go further afield from time to time, and don’t fancy the expense and inflexibility of standard car rental, joining an electric car club is the smart thing to do. We’ve teamed up with Enterprise, so you’ll be able pick up an electric car from one of our eHUBS.
You can join the Enterprise Car Club now to use eHUBS electric cars available at East Didsbury Metrolink Park & Ride, Kingsway, Parrs Wood, M19 1TB. More electric car eHUBS will be going live in Prestwich and Bury town centre in 2022.
You’ll just need to make a reservation on the Enterprise app, online or by phone. You can book well in advance or at the last minute. Either way, you’ll be on the road in no time. When you’re done, drop it off from where you picked it up at the eHUB.
For more information on the Enterprise Car Club, and a map showing where you can hire cars in Greater Manchester, visit the Manchester Car Club page.
Joining the Enterprise Car Club with the eHUBS promo code – MANEVHUB – will give you a first year’s membership for free (usually £10) and a £10 free driving credit.
Our eHUBS trial is supported by: