Is it time to ditch the second car and embrace the benefits of electric, sustainable transportation? Zimbl, an electric vehicle (EV) rental service based in Banbury, is leading this charge, blending the convenience of modern mobility with a shared commitment to sustainability. This article explores the economic and environmental impacts of renting an electric car and explores the transformative impact of Zimbl on our daily lives and the wider benefits it brings to our beloved Oxfordshire.
The True Cost of Car Ownership
In the UK, the hidden costs of car ownership add up quickly beyond the initial purchase. With expenses like finance charges at £5400/year, insurance at £500/year, tax at £165/year, maintenance at £400/year, and fuel at £1400/year, the total annual cost becomes a substantial burden. This expense is even more striking when considering average use – just one hour per day – skyrocketing the cost to around £21 per hour. When you do the calculations for a households second car (which is on average only used for a few hours per week), the costs become even worse, to the point of lunacy; we have to ask ourselves, is car ownership really viable in these economic times?
For those who primarily use their cars to commute to and from work, the expense of owning a vehicle becomes even more glaring. Consider the hours your car spends parked at the workplace or at home, significantly reducing its actual usage. This is where the Zimbl Daily Commuters Club steps in as a game-changer for working professionals and parents in Oxfordshire.
Zimbl Daily Commuters Club
Zimbl’s electric vehicle rental service offers an innovative and economical alternative for daily commuters in Banbury. By opting for a Zimbl instead of a seldom-used second car, members enjoy access to EVs on an as-needed basis, significantly cutting down on the high costs associated with car ownership. This approach not only alleviates financial burdens but also aligns with sustainable living practices. By making this shift, you not only contribute to a greener environment but also enjoy considerable savings. To discover more about how you can benefit from Zimbl’s daily commuters club follow them on social media and contact them to enquire.
Economic Benefits of Renting Electric Vehicles
Switching to Zimbl offers significant economic benefits, especially considering the fluctuating fuel prices and often hefty parking charges in Oxfordshire. In contrast, Zimbl’s EV (electric vehicle) rental service, priced at just £8 per hour or £80 per day, presents a more predictable and cost-effective alternative with an added benefit of reduced cars on the road. Recharging a Zimbl vehicle is impressively economical, costing only £0.30/kWh. This means a full charge, providing ample range for typical local travel, amounts to less than £20. This pricing structure, combined with the elimination of unpredictable fuel costs and parking fees, makes Zimbl an attractive option for Oxfordshire residents, particularly for short commutes and routine errands. Zimbl enhances the value of its service with a unique offering: the first 5kWh of battery usage for each rental is free of charge, giving you about 15 miles of driving at no extra cost.
Environmental Impact: Local and Global
Zimbl’s environmental commitment extends both locally and globally. Locally, using 100% biofuel to run its own power generator that charges its fleet of electric vehicles. This effort is contributing to cleaner air and a healthier environment. This approach aligns with global efforts to combat climate change, as electric vehicles, powered by sustainable energy sources, play a crucial role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing Zimbl, you participate in a larger movement towards environmental stewardship, helping to preserve Oxfordshire’s natural beauty and contributing to a global shift towards cleaner, renewable energy sources. This initiative not only benefits current residents but also sets a precedent for future generations, ensuring a greener and more sustainable future.
The Zimbl Fleet: Tailored for the Zimbl User
Zimbl pride themselves on offering a fleet that not only meets but anticipates the diverse needs of Oxfordshire residents. The lineup features the spacious MG5 estates, perfect for family adventures, alongside the highly adaptable Maxus eDeliver 3 van, which excels in transporting bulkier items or handling substantial pickups, such as large furniture or appliances. They’ve recently enhanced the lineup with the addition of the Nissan Leaf, a town car celebrated for its comfort and ease in urban settings. Each vehicle in the fleet is automatic, ensuring effortless driving experiences. Equipped with instant heating and cooling systems, providing optimal comfort in both hot and cold weather. Customers often commend the incredibly smooth driving experience the cars offer. As they continually evolve to meet your demands, they’re excited about future additions to the fleet and will keep you updated through their social media channels. Follow them on Facebook and stay tuned for more on the ever-expanding range of electric motor vehicles, each designed to make your journey in Oxfordshire as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Personal Touch: The Zimbl Team
The brains behind Zimbl are Banbury locals themselves, co-founders – Richard Devitt, Andrew Christoforou – are deeply invested in the community. Richard, particularly involved in the day-to-day operations, offers a highly personal service. He strives to meet each customer’s unique needs, ensuring comfort and satisfaction with every Zimbl vehicle. Their innovative approach, including the use of a foldable electric bike for efficient operations, adds a unique, cost-effective touch. This hands-on leadership and local insight ensures that Zimbl remains closely aligned with the needs and values of Oxfordshire residents, continually adapting to serve you better. To read more about the economic and environmental impacts of renting an electric car from Zimbl!
Testimonials from Zimbl Users:
Hear from fellow Oxfordshire residents who’ve enjoyed the benefits of electric vehicles with Zimbl’s services first-hand. From saving money on daily commutes to relying on Zimbl for special occasions, these stories bring to life the practicality and value of Zimbl’s sustainable transportation solution in our community.
“Amazing service, so impressed with Zimbl! We had our electric car in the garage for 7 weeks so it was a lifesaver having the flexibility to hire when needed, with the benefits of electric vehicles being an added advantage. App was simple and intuitive and overall value for money and service was first rate, highly recommend them!” – Will Warren
“Fantastic service. Incredibly simple process from hiring through the app, delivery of the van and use of the vehicle. Richard was fantastic at explaining how to use certain features on the EV and app. Hourly hire was ideal for me who only needed to pop and collect a sofa 20 minutes up the road so far more economical than hiring from other services that charge by the day. Will definitely use again.” – Codey Simons
Zimbl’s Role in Oxfordshire’s Future
Zimbl stands as more than just a business in Oxfordshire; it embodies a movement towards a future that values sustainability, connectivity, and efficiency. By integrating Zimbl into our daily lives, we are not only embracing a sustainable service but also participating in a cultural shift. This shift brings with it significant environmental benefits, such as reduced carbon emissions and a push towards cleaner, renewable energy sources. Economically, it provides a smarter way of commuting, saving costs on fuel, maintenance, air pollution, and other expenses associated with traditional internal combustion engine car ownership. Zimbl’s presence in Oxfordshire, and its expansion across Oxfordshire, is a testament to the area’s progressive spirit and its commitment to innovation.
As Zimbl expands and connects more and more villages, towns and cities, it will become possible to not only embrace a future without relying on internal combustion engines for personal transport, it will be possible to travel in an EV from one location to another, with the consumer only paying for the time they are travelling. That EV will then be used by other consumers, allowing for many users to share a single vehicle, cutting down on traffic, parking, pollution, while still providing the users with the convenience of vehicle ownership at a fraction of the cost. We hope this has helped you understand the economic and environmental impacts of renting an electric car.