The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-03-28T03:59:00Z GoGet and IKEA offer Melbourne retail first 2013-03-28T03:59:00Z goget-and-ikea-offer-melbourne-retail-first Melbourne, Australia, 28 March 2013 – GoGet, Australia’s first and largest carshare service, has joined forces with IKEA Richmond to launch a do-it-yourself, convenient solution for IKEA. This Melbourne retail first will allow IKEA customers to have access to a fleet of vans stationed on site at a low cost whenever they need them. Seven Toyota HiAce vans and one Hyundai i-30 wagon will be available for use from today. IKEA shoppers can sign up either online at www.goget.com.au or, starting today, in-store at IKEA, and will have access to the vehicles within about 15 minutes. Customers can collect the GoGet vehicle from the store carpark and bring it back to the store once they have completed their journey. “From today the IKEA customer will always have a vehicle at their disposal to get them wherever they need to go in Melbourne,” said Michael Murray, GoGet’s General Manager for Victoria. “Whether you’re coming from Fitzroy, South Bank, South Yarra or even farther afield, you’ve got a vehicle waiting for you at IKEA Richmond. It won’t matter what you need to transport home, you’ll be able to do it yourself inexpensively the same day.” Murray added: “This is the next step in carshare for Melbourne because it shows just how versatile carshare really can be. How many people have a van parked in their driveway? Not too many. But now everyone has easy to access one.” IKEA FAMILY members, who sign up to the service, will have their $49 GoGet joining fee waived. Existing GoGet members can book the vans immediately with no additional sign up steps. “IKEA is excited to be able to offer our customers an additional, convenient and cost effective service at our store,” said Will Edwards, IKEA Richmond Store Manager. “One of the key benefits of IKEA is the ability to take purchases home the same day, and having the GoGet vans on-site at our Richmond store will make our customers’ shopping trip easier, quicker, and more convenient. Add to that IKEA’s strong sustainability philosophy, and this service is ideal for our DIY customer, something we know firsthand from the success of the GoGet van service available at IKEA stores in Sydney.” As with all GoGet vehicles, IKEA van users will not pay for petrol. Vans are charged at an hourly rate that ranges from $7.65 an hour (plus $0.40 per km) to $11.90 an hour (plus $0.40 per km) depending on the user’s plan with a daily cap of $85 (150 km included with additional km charged at $0.25 per km). “IKEA Richmond is such a staple of inner city life in Melbourne, so it is great to be able to bring GoGet’s extensive vehicle network and track record to the IKEA experience,” Murray said. “This is also the result of shared philosophies. GoGet has always emphasised how convenience and sustainability can work together, creating a great service for the user and the community.” # # # About GoGet GoGet is Australia's first and largest professional car sharing service and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Its slogan is Like owning a car, only better! GoGet's aim is to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that: allows people to live without car ownership removes private cars from local streets makes car sharing an integral and fun part of living in urban environments means members don’t need to pay for fuel decreases car usage improves local air quality GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded by Directors Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys in 2003 with three vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet has over 1000 vehicles and 28,000 members. The consumer watchdog, Choice, named GoGet as the “best car sharer” in Australia for its 2012 Game Changer Award honouring the car share industry. Learn more at: www.goget.com.au. You can download images of the vans in use at an IKEA store here. Media contact: GoGet - Jonathan Englert Watterson Marketing Communications (02) 9929 7533 0412 150 040 Jonathan.englert@watterson.com.au Media contact: IKEA- Angela McCann (02) 8577 8423 0409 253 571 angela.mccann@IKEA.com Department of Transport Victoria Chooses GoGet for EV Network First 2012-12-03T23:39:00Z department-of-transport-victoria-chooses-goget-for-ev-network-first Melbourne, Australia, 4 December 2012 – GoGet, Australia’s first and largest carshare service, has been chosen by the Department of Transport Victoria as the lead fleet partner to launch the first Electric Vehicle (EV) carshare network in Australia. “GoGet was the first carshare service in Melbourne. DOT’s decision to partner with us to bring EVs to the CBD is a welcome acknowledgement of our focus on combining ease of consumer use with sustainability. It is also an acknowledgement that the robust carshare network we have here is an ideal platform for helping to make EV use a reality for Melburnians,” said Mike Murray, General Manager Victoria GoGet. This trial partnership builds on GoGet’s earlier deployment of EVs in Melbourne over the past year and will see up to 10 EVs be positioned at key locations around the CBD. "GoGet's involvement means electric vehicles will be experienced by potentially thousands of Victorians who would otherwise have no idea of what an electric vehicle can do," said Mr. Edward O'Donohue, theParliamentary Secretary for Transport. In addition to enabling more Melburnians to experience EV use, the trial will also continue to build a valuable trove of EV-knowledge based on extensive real-world, urban use in multiple contexts. GoGet locations will include the Alto Hotel, recognised as Australia’s most sustainable hotel, and 101 Collins Street, widely considered one of Melbourne’s most prominent business addresses. The Alto Hotel, the first location in the trial to be up and running, will offer its guests the opportunity to experience its EV called “Sparky” (GoGet names all of its vehicles). “At the Alto, we work very hard to do sustainable things at the highest level. So it is great to be able to provide our guests with a quality car, cutting edge technology and a carshare option that means that within a few minutes they can be zooming around town in an Electric Vehicle powered by 100 per cent green energy,” said Gary Stickland, the general manager of the Alto hotel, which Conde Nast called the best example of sustainable tourism in 2010 and which currently occupies TripAdvisor’s top spot of 4-star hotels in Melbourne. Phillip Morley, Manager, Finance and Administration, 101 Collins Street, which is home to a long list of high-profile tenants, including a range of leading multi-national financial, legal and technology firms, cited the shift in transport and lifestyle priorities as an important driver of the building’s decision to partner with GoGet. “We believe in recognising and anticipating important trends that will benefit our tenants,” Morley said. “This initiative will enable us to provide another best-of technology option onsite that we think will not only meet current tenant needs but is able to grow with them.” GoGet, which will be determining additional CBD locations over the coming weeks, sees the use of carshare in the travel/tourism space and the business sector as part of the growing recognition of the convenience and competitive advantages of carshare in Australia.“What we are seeing in Melbourne is another natural extension of carshare as a core Australian transport solution,” said Tristan Sender, CEO of GoGet. “Businesses are using carshare as a more convenient fleet and transport option. Individuals are increasingly using carshare as an easy and cheaper alternative to car ownership. Basically, we are seeing carshare becoming an assumed part of people’s transport equation.” # # # About GoGet GoGet is Australia's first and largest professional car sharing service and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Its slogan is Like owning a car, only better! GoGet's aim is to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that: allows people to live without car ownership removes private cars from local streets makes car sharing an integral and fun part of living in urban environments means members don’t need to pay for fuel decreases car usage improves local air quality GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded by Directors Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys in 2003 with three vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet has approximately 1000 vehicles and 25,000 members. The consumer watchdog, Choice, named GoGet as the “best car sharer” in Australia for its 2012 Game Changer Award honouring the car share industry. Learn more at: www.goget.com.au Media contact: GoGet - Jonathan Englert Watterson Marketing Communications (02) 9929 7533 (04) 12 150 040 Jonathan.englert@watterson.com.au GoGet Car Share launches in Brisbane with an Australian first 2012-06-11T23:25:00Z goget-car-share-launches-in-brisbane-with-an-australian-first Brisbane, Australia, 12 June 2012 – GoGet, Australia’s first and largest professional car sharing service, has launched car sharing in Brisbane. GoGet simultaneously introduced a major innovation that connects car sharing to Brisbane’s existing public transport network. The car share company is offering Brisbanites a new go card which turns TransLink’s existing electronic ticket into an access key for GoGet cars. This marks an important next step for Brisbane’s go card which already integrates bus, rail and ferry, allowing Brisbanites to use a single fare card to travel on all three. “We’ve added car share to this already great system, so you can have all the city transport you need on a single card,” Bruce Jeffreys, GoGet’s co-founder said. “A Brisbanite can go from ferry, to train, to bus, to car share without skipping a beat. Brisbane hasn’t just joined other Australian cities by welcoming car share, it’s actually leap-frogged all capital cities by allowing Brisbanites to have a truly futuristic, completely integrated transport card.” GoGet will offer every new member a free go card with travel credit preloaded onto it. “We believe that Brisbane will lead all Australian cities to eventually adopt this innovation. Obviously, it will take time with some of our cities but now people can point to Brisbane and say ‘they’ve provided the roadmap for how it can be done’,” Jeffreys said. “As far as we know, the only other place this level of service exists is in Europe.” The car share company is initially introducing car share into Brisbane’s CBD with plans to expand across the city. “GoGet has always grown based on community demand and demand in Brisbane is strong. Brisbane residents have been telling us that they want a convenient alternative to owning a car. And now with the integration with go card they get it all, car share and public transport combined,” Jeffreys said. # # # About GoGet GoGet is Australia's first and largest professional car sharing service and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and now Brisbane. Its slogan is Like owning a car, only better! GoGet's aim is to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that: allows people to live without car ownership removes private cars from local streets makes car sharing an integral and fun part of living in urban environments means members don’t need to pay for fuel decreases car usage improves local air quality GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded by Directors Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys in 2003 with three vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet has over 800 vehicles and 20,000 members. The consumer watchdog, Choice, named GoGet as the “best car sharer” in Australia for its 2012 Game Changer Award honouring the car share industry. Learn more at: www.goget.com.au Media contact: GoGet - Jonathan Englert Watterson Marketing Communications (02) 9929 7533 (04) 12 150 040 Jonathan.englert@watterson.com.au GoGet, Bosch and developers launch an EV car share network first for Australia 2012-05-21T01:24:00Z goget-bosch-and-developers-launch-an-ev-car-share-network-first-for-australia Melbourne, Australia, 21 May 2012 – GoGet, Australia’s first and largest professional car sharing service, in conjunction with developers red.c and Michael L Yates and Co Pty Ltd and leading global supplier of technology and services, Bosch, have launched Australia’s first-ever EV (Electric Vehicle) network and charge station in a private residential development. Bruce Jeffreys, co-founder and director of GoGet, presided over the event, held at the Claremont, a 20-level residential development in South Yarra where the EV and Bosch charging station are housed. Attendees included John Chandler, Mayor of Stonnington, and representatives from Bosch and the developers. “Thanks to the vision of the developers, the expertise of Bosch, and the strength of car share, we have been able to offer a major transport first which plugs residential developments, the community and the latest technology into a really dynamic network. This network offers vehicle choice and solves one of the big transport hurdles that face urban apartment dwellers in Melbourne today – how to have ready access to a vehicle when a parking space doesn’t come with your unit,” Jeffreys said. Jeffreys said that while this is not the first EV in a residential building in Australia, this is the first in which private enterprise realised the benefits and spearheaded the project. Jeffreys said that while car share is quickly becoming an integral part of residential development in Australia’s capital cities, this event was different because it required several other developers to embrace car share. “What we are seeing with this launch is developers making the leap: for car share to work for them, it has to work for the larger community – the car share vehicles in your parking garage need to be accessible to everyone,” Jeffreys said. “In other words, to supply those residents who buy the studio or one-bedroom apartments with genuinely attractive transport options, you need to open your doors and share cars with your neighbours.” The EV, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV powered by 100 per cent accredited green energy, is part of a fleet that offers access to other EVs, hybrids, and a range of petrol vehicles, many housed within a short walk of the Claremont. “In a network like this, a car share vehicle almost becomes a part of your wardrobe. You can mix and match just by taking a different one out for a drive. If you want a confidence boost take the Alfa. Jump into the EV for the short, urban trips. Need more room for shopping? There are two Corolla hatcbacks right across the street,” Jeffreys said. “This is an Australian business first and Bosch is excited to be giving businesses the opportunity to develop and operate their own viable electric vehicle fleet or network,” said Peter Rindt, Head of Business Development at Bosch Australia. “The partnership with GoGet is an example of how Bosch eMobility Services can deliver state of the art EV charging services via cloud-based software to the broader market. “This is also great news for fleet managers and car share operators, especially for those who currently operate electric vehicles or intend to do so, and are looking for an independent and accountable management platform,” Mr Rindt said. “There is no other place in Australia where an EV and petrol car share are parked, side by side, ready for immediate use,” Jeffreys said. “It is the first time we’ve seen multiple developers, three different buildings, create a car sharing network that unites the community and the developments. We believe this is what the future will look like.” # # # About GoGet GoGet is Australia's first and largest professional car sharing service and operates in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Its slogan is Like owning a car, only better! GoGet's aim is to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that: allows people to live without car ownership removes private cars from local streets makes car sharing an integral and fun part of living in urban environments means members don’t need to pay for fuel decreases car usage improves local air quality GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded by Directors Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys in 2003 with three vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet has over 800 vehicles and 19,000 members. GoGet operates in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide with plans to continue to expand across Australia. The consumer watchdog, Choice, named GoGet as the “best car sharer” in Australia for its 2012 Game Changer Award honouring the car share industry. Learn more at: www.goget.com.au About Bosch The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Bosch Australia’s eMobility Services were developed by Bosch Software Innovations for managing an EV charging infrastructure. The services connect the physical world such as charge spots and EV’s to the enterprise world. These can be EV drivers, fleet operators, utilities, service providers and business partners. Additional to EV charging services, the technology also supports fleet and grid management. Learn more at: www.bosch-si.com/emobility.html Media contact: GoGet - Jonathan Englert Watterson Marketing Communications (02) 9929 7533 (04) 12 150 040 Jonathan.englert@watterson.com.au Bosch – Richard Amos Royce (03) 8628 9300 0418 344 978 richard@royce.com.au Sydney gets nation’s first public electric car charging station 2010-05-25T01:11:44Z sydney-gets-nation-s-first-public-electric-car-charging-station Australia's first public on-street electric vehicle charging station will be opened today by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.The charging station, in Derby Place, Glebe, was installed by Visionstream and is managed by ChargePoint. It will recharge a converted plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius in three hours using 100 per cent GreenPower from Origin.The vehicle, part of the GoGet car share scheme, has an electric motor range of 30 km, 2 km longer than 80 per cent of regular GoGet trips.Ms Moore said electric vehicles (EVs) have zero exhaust emissions, while car sharing replaced up to 10 privately owned cars for each shared vehicle."Each day more than 700,000 cars travel throughout the Sydney Local Government Area, significantly contributing to smog, greenhouse gas pollution, congestion and noise."Anything we can do to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions caused by motor vehicles is a step towards a healthier city. Together with public transport, walking and cycling, electric vehicles are part of the climate change solution."Today, Sydney joins other cities such as San Francisco, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Houston, Detroit, Vancouver and London who all have installed charging infrastructure for electric vehicles."When I was in Copenhagen in December for a Climate Change Summit I committed to working with the NSW Government, car share companies and others to scale up the purchase of electric vehicles. Today is a first step in supporting a cleaner mode of transport."There are about 3,000 individual members of car share companies within the City of Sydney area, the majority with GoGet, including 500 small businesses. The City provides 120 dedicated on-street car share spaces, four times more than any other Australian city. Worldwide, car share membership has risen from around 50,000 users in 1997 to 550,000 in 2009.Car share schemes provide a network of vehicles which members can book to use for short periods of time (from one hour to several days). Costs associated with fuel, insurance and maintenance are usually included in the operators' car hire fees.GoGet co-founder, Bruce Jeffreys said members will be able to drive the plug-in electric hybrid at the same price as the rest of the GoGet hybrid fleet."Its great to see a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle in a safe and convenient location with a world-class charging station ready to go," said Jeffreys. "We're looking forward to the introduction of additional electric vehicles into the GoGet fleet as demand grows".