Bristol City Council has made available a fleet of 10 electric cars to allow more people in the city to rent zero-emissions vehicles.
The fleet of 100% electric Renault Zoe cars, made possible by funding from the European Union research project REPLICATE, are based at nine locations across the city including on-street parking in three areas.
The electric vehicles are being overseen by the national car club Co-Wheels, which lets its members hire cars on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Cllr Kye Dudd, cabinet member for transport and energy at Bristol City Council, said: â€˜Iâ€™m delighted that there are new electric vehicles for hire in the city, as it means more people will be able to experience the benefits of modern zero-emission cars.
â€˜The electric vehicles will help us to reduce the impact of the cityâ€™s current transport system and improve air quality, as no carbon emissions are produced and many car club members choose to give up owning a car.â€™
Co-wheels has launched an introductory offer for Bristol residents in order to encourage take-up of the electric vehicles.
New members to the club will only need to pay Â£1 to get Â£25 worth of driving credit added to their account, which they can use against the hourly hire charge.
Drivers wishing to use the vehicles will also be exempted from a monthly minimum spend, meaning that they can use the vehicles as much or as little as they wish.
Richard Falconer, director of Co-wheels car club, called the scheme a â€˜brilliant opportunityâ€™, saying the clubâ€™s Bristol members had expressed interest in having access to more electric vehicles.
Falconer said: â€˜Many Co-wheels members donâ€™t want to add another car to our busy roads and would rather use a shared vehicle when they really need one â€“ and now they have the option to reduce the impact on our environment even more by using a zero-emission vehicle.
â€˜It also means we can expand our availability into new parts of the city we have not been able to serve before.â€™
The scheme forms part of the REPLICATE research project, which encourages Bristol residents to try out new â€˜greenâ€™ energy, mobility and ICT solutions.
The five-year project, funded by the European Commissionâ€™s Horizon 2020 programme, is also enabling Bristol to install 14 smart electric charging points across the city for electric vehicle owners to use.