Brand new, low emission vehicles arrive in Scottish Borders

Grey car next to large white building

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2019

We are working with E-Car Club to offer you a new, convenient and greener way to travel around the region by car.

E-Car Club has deployed a fleet of brand-new, low emission Toyota Yaris hybrids, which can be booked for an hour or several days at a time from as little as £5.50 per hour or £45 per day.

The vehicles are specially adapted to include an RFID card access system, meaning the cars can be booked online (or via the free E-Car Club mobile app) and used by several different people throughout the day. The cars can be booked for any length of time (over one hour). Insurance is even included in this price, and the minimum membership age is just 19.

As these vehicles are hybrid, they come with two power sources - a petrol engine and an electric motor.

The majority of Toyota Hybrids are self-charging which means that every moment you are driving, your battery is charging even when slowing down. This is thanks to technology like the regenerative braking system, which recovers energy that would normally be lost and stores it in the battery for later use. And because they are all self-charging hybrids, their batteries never need to be plugged in.

Where are the cars based?

The cars are parked in towns across the Borders:

  • Eyemouth
  • Duns
  • Kelso
  • Galashiels
  • Hawick
  • Peebles
  • Newtown St Boswells

We've made the spaces available as part of our work to support green transport in the area.

There are vehicles located at convenient new hubs exclusively for local residents to book in the evenings during the week and all day at weekends. They are available between 5pm and 9am, Monday to Wednesday; and 5pm on Thursday right through to 9am on Monday.

Councillor Simon Mountford, Executive Member for HR and Transformation:

“We already have a successful partnership with E-Car Club to use Toyota Hybrids as pool cars for our staff. As a result of this we have seen more shared journeys by employees, a reduction in business mileage claims and lower emissions. This next stage, which allows members of the public to join a car club scheme, is hugely exciting. Vehicles are available to book across the Borders and I believe many of our local residents will take advantage of this when they need access to a car for a few hours or even a full day.”

Patrick Cresswell, Managing Director at E-Car Club:

"We are delighted to give Borders residents the opportunity to integrate low emission vehicles into their everyday lives through E-Car which offers a self-service, low cost and low emission car club. It’s a flexible solution for drivers who don’t want to commit to car ownership but need access to a car from time to time. We hope this scheme will encourage car owners to consider using the service as an alternative to vehicle ownership. And that should result in fewer cars on the road, and ultimately reducing emissions and congestion.”

Sign up

E-Car Club is promoting a special introductory offer which includes FREE lifetime membership (FREE normally £50) plus £15 free driving credit. Simply visit the E-Car website and enter code: WELCOMESB to claim this offer.