The Seward Park Cooperative in the Lower East Side has just launched an electric vehicle sharing program for its residents. The co-op, located on Grand Street, installed four electric charge stations earlier in the year, and on Friday, they officially unveiled their “Connect-by-Hertz” EV rental program with the addition of the Nissan Leaf. This is great news for the co-op, which is one of the first to launch a program of its kind.
In conjunction with Hertz, the Nissan Leaf will be available as a rental for all its resident. We’ve covered the Leaf extensively here at Inhabitat, so we hardly need to sing its praises. The EV has the size and power of a regular gas-powered car but only costs about $200 a year to power. That’s about the average cost per month usually spent on gas!
Hertz is the first car rental company to launch an electric car rental program, and the company has expanded the Connect by Hertz program to Washington and other locations in New York. The city is also seeing an increase in electric car charge stations with over 40 charge stations within 30 miles of Midtown. Earlier this year, Element Hotels introduced charging stations in Times Square.
Despite the fact that these programs are being launched in one co-op, there is an even bigger social impact in the works. With the release of a cheaper electric car, the increase in charging stations, and a variety of green initiatives taking place in NYC, we are truly becoming a green society.
Via The Lo-Down NY