Midlothian Ecar Club

Thanks to Scottish Government funding from the Plugged-In Households grant fund, Melville has launched Midlothian's first car club, providing Melville customers, as well as the wider community, the chance to try out zero emission vehicles over the course of the next twelve months.

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To receive your £60 driving credit (first 200 Melville tenants only) sign up now using code:

MEL3946

More about the ecar club

1. How does the Midlothian e-car club work?

The Midlothian e-car club works the same way as a normal car club, but with electric vehicles, that are much better for the environment. It provides a lower cost alternative to car ownership. Pay-as-you-drive vehicles are available for hire on an hourly or daily rate, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The e-car club vehicles will be parked in dedicated and clearly marked parking spaces. You can join online and then vehicles can be booked:

  • Through an online booking system
  • Using the e-car club app
  • Over the phone
  • By email

To get into an e-car club vehicle you simply swipe the membership card over a card-reader on the windscreen.

The club covers all the costs of owning and operating the vehicles, including insurance, tax, maintenance, cleaning and servicing. You are only responsible for paying for the hours you use.

2. How much does it cost to hire a vehicle?

Normally the hourly rate to hire one of the vehicles would be £4. However we’ve negotiated a deal for a £60 driving credit (equivalent to 15 free hours) to the first 200 Melville customers to sign up. That’s the equivalent of eight return trips to Glasgow, three return journeys to the Metro Centre or two and half Nessie-spotting trips up north.

Once your free driving credit runs out, you’d then revert to the hourly hire fee of £4.

As if that wasn’t enough, the car club provider has also agreed to waive the usual £50 lifetime membership fee for Melville tenants so there’s no cost to sign up. For non-Melville customers the cost has been reduced to £25.

3. Where will I find my nearest car?

Melville has a fleet of five cars across Midlothian, located in clearly marked parking bays at:

  • Bonnyrigg – in the car park behind the new Melville flats on Baileyfield Park Drive (off Eskbank Road)
  • Dalkeith – in the car park of Melville’s office at the Corn Exchange (behind Bombay Lounge)
  • Gorebridge - in the car park outside the new Melville flats at Cadwell Walk, off Powdermill Brae near the junction with the A7
  • Mayfield - outside 2 Oak Crescent (just off Bogwood Road)
  • Penicuik – in the car park outside the new Melville flats at Foster Place, off Mauricewood Road
4. How do I make a booking?

Vehicles can be booked:

  • Through an online booking system
  • Using the e-car club app
  • Over the phone
  • By email

Find out how easy it is to make a booking using the ecar app by watching this short video.

5. What sort of journeys can I use one of these cars for?

Electric vehicles are perfect for short to medium length journeys. On a full charge they have a range of roughly 150 miles.

6. How’s the scheme paid for?

The scheme is fully funded by a grant of £70,838.34 the Plugged-in Households Grant Fund which is delivered and administered by Energy Saving Trust and funded by Transport Scotland. This grant has been used to pay for the use of the 5 cars for a year and associated marketing activity.

7. How long will these cars be available for?

The initial funding covers the scheme for the first year but if the cars are well used then it could be extended.

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