The Oxford scheme was launched in November 2013, with one permanently based fully electric Renault ZOE available for hourly hire. The E-Car has its own designated parking space and electric charging point in Diamond Place Car Park provided by Oxford City Council.

John Tanner, the council’s executive board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “The new electric car club in North Oxford is a really positive step in reducing the city’s carbon emissions and improving air quality.

“The council is keen to see more electric vehicles replacing petrol and diesel cars and I would encourage local people to give the new car club a go. People might even find they don’t need their own cars after all.”

Sam Clarke, of Low Carbon Oxford North, said: “We’re delighted that the electric car club is about to start. I shall certainly be joining as soon as possible and I look forward to seeing how it helps me cut my use of fossil fuels.”

Summertown city councillor Jean Fooks said: “I am delighted that the city council has now provided the special marked parking space for the E-Car club vehicle to enable them to charge its battery without paying for parking.”

Charlie Quigley, Head of Network development at E-Car, said: “We are working with the local community to provide the service, it is not leased to them – we are operating the Oxford E-Car in close conjunction with the likes of LCON.”