New 12-month pilot scheme launched in conjunction with Meath County Council supporting 60% increase in GoCar vehicles available to rent by the hour.
GoCar, Ireland’s leading car and van sharing service, which is part of Europcar Mobility Group Ireland, has announced the expansion of its services in Co. Meath. In partnership with Meath County Council, GoCar is launching a 12-month pilot scheme aimed at providing affordable and sustainable mobility solutions to communities in Navan and Ashbourne.
GoCar will be expanding its vehicle sharing service across the county, with a total of 16 vehicles available for rent by the hour at thirteen different locations – this marks a 60% increase in vehicle sharing availability for local users.
GoCar allows customers to avail of flexible transport without the ongoing expense or commitment of maintaining a privately-owned vehicle – with vehicle sharing, users can rent cars and vans from just €10 an hour. Registered users can easily book via the GoCar app, then unlock the vehicle with their phone; the keys are inside the car, with fuel and insurance all included in the rental price. An increasing number of corporate customers are also using the service to meet work-related transport needs and to reduce fleet costs.
In Navan, the new GoCar locations will be based at O’Mahoney’s Car Park, Bothar Keel, Flowerhill and Academy Street. Existing GoCar locations are also based at Navan Retail Park, Cannon Row, Aisling Place, Lituanica Car Park and Europcar on Academy Street.
Meanwhile in Ashbourne, a new location will be launched on Killegland Street which will complement existing GoCar locations at the Pillo Hotel and Tesco Ashbourne. There is also a GoCar available at Tesco in Bettystown.
After an important period of national expansion, GoCar now has more than 750 car sharing locations across the country, rising from 600 since 2021 and a fleet of over 900 vehicles available for hourly rent throughout Ireland. More locations and vehicles are expected to be added in line with rising public demand.
Paul McNeice Head of Country for Europcar Mobility Group Ireland said: “National preferences and attitudes towards private car ownership and sustainable transport are constantly evolving. Our ambition is to continue introducing our car sharing service to more neighbourhoods across the country. We have been delighted with the response from our customers across Co. Meath, who have embraced car sharing as a reliable and important alternative to car ownership. For many customers, GoCar represents a cost-effective and flexible solution for daily transport needs including commuting, shopping, recreational trips, staycations and more.”
Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive of Meath County Council added: “Sustainable Mobility and Active Travel are key components of our long-term goals for a clean, green, sustainable, and healthy County. We are committed to partnering with service providers who share that vision, and we look forward to enabling the expansion of the GoCar footprint in Co. Meath in the years to come.”