GoGetting around Melbourne; the sustainable way

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  • The National Gallery of Victoria has the world’s largest stained glass ceiling – 51 metres long by 15 metres wide.
  • The world’s first feature film, the Story of the Ned Kelly Gang was filmed and made in Melbourne in 1906.
  • The first traffic lights in Australia were installed on the intersection of Collins Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne.
  • Melbourne is regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities….

That’s a lot of world acclaim! At GoGet, we’re proud to claim our own title as the first carshare company in this progressive city. Currently we have a fleet of over 150 vehicles servicing Melburnian residents. We’re also the largest carshare fleet in the country with over 1300 cars nationwide.

In the CBD alone, we’ve got 60 cars in convenient locations as well as 6 cars located inside residential developments. These vehicles come as part of the building’s services, like access to the pool or gym. The developers contribute to these car spaces.

We integrated fully electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs in 2012, making us the first carshare company to add electric vehicles in Australia. Where? You guessed it, Melbourne.

South Yarra’s 21-storey Claremont building gave its residents access to a GoGet electric vehicle as well as a second petrol driven car in 2012. These vehicles networked with other neighbouring developments and between them they now house 7 share cars including an Alpha Romeo. We also have a car specifically dedicated to a sustainable development project in Stockland’s Selandra Rise.

This strategy deals with one of the big transport hurdles that face urban apartment dwellers – especially in Melbourne – and that is, how to have convenient access to a vehicle when your apartment doesn’t come with a parking space!

Melbourne is a city of innovation, research and development. GoGet is no exception. We’ve integrated 4 plug-in Prius’ operating as part of a study by the Victorian Government Department of Transport and Toyota. The Department expects plug-in cars will make up a quarter of new vehicle sales in Victoria by 2020. As part of the 5-year trial, GoGet has been instrumental in installing new public charge points and giving hundreds of Melburnians the opportunity to try out electric car technology for themselves.

Last year, GoGet members were among the first drivers in Australia to test out the Prius PHEV before it reached the market. “The Hub” at Moreland City Council offices offers three charge stations including Victoria’s first Fast Charge station that will fully charge an electric car in 30mins. Although GoGet already operates its car rental service in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, the service has claimed that the program is the first of its kind because the hybrid vehicles will feature special data collection equipment that will gather important information about how the vehicles perform alongside their traditional car counterparts in the car share fleet.

We aim to keep the EV network and charge stations as efficient as possible working with Bosch to establish Australia’s first ever EV network and charge station in a private residential development, The Claremont.

We’ve also forged a strong partnership with IKEA where GoGet vans have been placed at stores in Richmond and Springvale to assist with furniture moving, at a low cost whenever customers are in need. IKEA Richmond shoppers have access to seven Toyota HiAce vans and one Hyundai i30 wagon. As part of the partnership, IKEA Family members who signup to the service have their $49 GoGet joining fee waived. Existing GoGet members can book the vans immediately without any extra hassle. This goes hand in hand with both the GoGet and IKEA’s sustainability philosophy.

GoGet and the City of Melbourne are continuing to work together….smart technologies and smart people are providing exciting, sustainable and innovative transport options to help modern people navigate their cities.

Claude the Imiev who lives at the Claremont in South Yarra.

Claude the Imiev who lives at the Claremont in South Yarra.

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