A new zero-emission chauffeur service has been launched in South Australia, providing a fleet of electric cars to ferry passengers around the state without pollution or carbon emissions.
The myCar company uses TMercedes S500 PHEV, Tesla X and S electric cars and Lexus hybrid vehicles. vehicles and will charge its cars on South Australia’s green grid, using the renewable power supplied by new electric car-charging infrastructure set up around Adelaide and across the state.
myCar was established by the head of Infrastructure Finance Australia, Mark Harrington, whose interest the uptake of electric vehicles and software development in his home state of South Australia prompted him to look for a way to showcase the high technology and passenger comfort of modern electric vehicles.
MyCar users will have access to 40 new electric charging points being rolled out by the Adelaide City Council, including a new Electric Vehicle Charging Hub on Franklin St containing four of the fastest electric car charging units available in Australia.
Longer regional trips will be enabled by Tesla SuperCharger sites in Clare and Keith, allowing for fast charging of vehicles, and up to 60 Tesla Destination Charging sites at key regional tourism locations including the Adelaide Hills, wine regions, the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Adelaide hotels have already signed up with myCar to offer its service to guests. The Mayfair and Hilton hotels have started using the service and the Stamford hotels have installed charging points on their grounds to enable use of the cars.
Mr Harrington said his company was passionate about the software development, electric and autonomous driving research it is doing with local universities and businesses.
“The availability of these cars will help demonstrate the functionality of electric cars to those corporate decision makers looking to upgrade their fleet to low-emissions vehicles, for their environmental benefits and to save on fuel costs.”