Malta’s First Car-Sharing Club Introduces Electric Renault ZOE

by David Mowatt

GoTo Malta, Malta’s first car-sharing club, has recently introduced 150 Renault ZOE models that will be available 24/7 at locations throughout Malta and Gozo.

The government-backed initiative has promised that 450 spaces strategically located in highly frequented parking areas throughout Malta and Gozo will be reserved exclusively for the GoTo Malta Renault ZOE models. In order to enhance the island’s public charging infrastructure, GoTo Malta intends to install 225 charging pillars around the island, creating a total of 450 charging points.

GoTo Malta’s decision to introduce Renault ZOE models was explained in Renault’s most recent press release:

“GoTo Malta opted for the award-winning Renault ZOE following an initial pilot scheme that saw an array of drivers complete over 600 journeys on the island’s roads. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with testers praising the five-door hatchback’s ease-of-use and practicality. The experiences of CAR2GO Israel – GoTo Malta’s parent company – in using the Renault ZOE also influenced the decision, the business having earlier this year established a car-sharing scheme for inhabitants and visitors to Haifa using a fleet of 100 Renault ZOEs.”

Liran Golan, CEO of GoTo Malta, explained:

“Renault ZOE is the perfect vehicle to launch GoTo Malta, being spacious, versatile and easy to use. Its all-electric drivetrain fits perfectly with our ambition for sustainable motoring that is affordable and convenient, while also lowering air and noise pollution in Malta and, ultimately, being a platform to increase electric vehicle usage on the island and help address the country’s congestion and parking issues.”

Mario Xuereb, Executive Director of Kinds Auto Sales, the Groupe Renault official importer to Malta, added:

“GoTo Malta joins a rapidly increasing number of worldwide car sharing clubs who are choosing the all-electric Renault ZOE with more than 5,000 Renault EVs in operation to date across 23 different countries. Its adoption by such schemes is very rewarding and is testament to its ability and our commitment to electric vehicle development, but in this instance we are particularly delighted as the ZOE has been specifically chosen to play a key role in driving change in the habits of a country’s motorists.”

With the recent implementation of Renault ZOE models, Malta becomes one step closer to achieving their goal of having 5,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020.

Source: Renault

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