Tuesday 17 September 2019

Apartment residents to be offered on-site car-sharing

An artist’s impression of the Foxrock apartments scheme
An artist’s impression of the Foxrock apartments scheme

Gordon Deegan

Residents of a planned upmarket apartment block development in Foxrock in south Dublin will able to avail of 'pay as you go driving' from five shared GoCar vehicles to be based at the address.

Last month, the Granville Partnership lodged plans with An Bord Pleanála for 142 build- to-rent apartments at Roselawn and Aberdour, Stillorgan Roadd, Foxrock.

In order to reduce the car dependency of the residents, GoCar Carsharing Ltd has confirmed to the appeals board that it intends to provide five shared vehicles for the development.

The firm is Ireland's leading car-sharing service with 40,000 members and 600 cars and vans across 18 counties.

Colm Brady, CEO of GoCar's parent, the Europcar Mobility Group, confirmed that GoCar is planning to locate its first vehicles in a new residential development this summer arising from an agreement with a developer and as part of the planning process.

He said that 30 different builders have made contact with his firm since the start of this year seeking letters of commitment from it to provide GoCars in their new residential developments.

"We have had more developers wanting to have in place GoCars in their developments in the first quarter of this year than throughout the whole of 2018," Mr Brady said.

He said developers will be able use the availability of a GoCar in the  marketing of their new developments while it allow reduces the need to provide expensive and inefficient car spaces for each apartment.

Mr Brady said that the likes of Dublin City Council encouraging car-sharing in new developments "is a game- changer for us". Mr Brady said that 400 companies across the country are using GoCar's fleet.

He said that the firm has eight GoCars located around Barrow Street in Dublin's Silicon Docks to meet the demand of Google workers and other tech workers in that area.

Mr Brady said that GoCar has doubled each year for the past three years and it is his ambition to continue to double in size each year.

He said: "The number of new people signing up to our service each month is frightening. We are hitting a sweet spot with customers."

Irish Independent

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