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Chargemaster launches monthly membership scheme

Date: 11 August 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Electric charging point operator and installer Chargemaster has announced a new subscription scheme which will allow users to borrow vehicles including BMW i8s.

The subscription is priced at £7.85 a month, and includes access to Chargemaster's network of 4000 UK charging points.

More than 80% of the charging points are free to use, with the remainder costing around 9p per unit of electricity.

Chargemaster said pay-as-you-go instant access rates will also be available for non-members.

Members accrue usage points, which can be redeemed against various electric vehicle loans. Users receive 10 points each time they charge in a town or city across the country each month.

Chargemaster said 100 points results in a loan of a BMW i8 for a week, while 10 points will allow users to borrow a Renault Twizy.

Members go into a lottery each month, with the person accruing the most points getting the first choice on cars.

Other models included within the scheme are Nissan's Leaf and the Tesla Model S.

Chargemaster claimed forthcoming models from Tesla, Audi and Mercedes will be available for members to sample after they are introduced to the UK market.

"Polar Plus is a hugely attractive proposition to the growing population of electric motorists across the country and in particular the heavy user," said David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster "Electric vehicle usage has more than trebled over the last year and now is the time for there to be an expanding robust nationwide charging network."

"Not only will EV motorists gain access to a national network of serviceable, state of the art charging points but they will be able to sample all the latest in electric car technology," Martell added.

Polar Plus membership will be available from 17 August, and drivers can sign up here.