Melbourne-based developer ICD Property responsible for award-winning Eq. Tower has launched the nation’s first-ever premium electric car-sharing service within the same tower, supporting Australian innovation and local tech start-up Ohmie.
Eq. Tower housing 633 apartments across 63-storeys and popular food centre HWKR on the ground floor, rolled out its newest premium amenity ‘Ohmie Go’, this morning. The car-sharing service joins the building’s generous list of amenities including a cinema room, multiple karaoke rooms, gym, pool, spa, sauna, games room, and shared dining rooms.
A premium electric car-sharing service supported by automotive giant Hyundai and JET Charge, Australia’s leading electric vehicle charger installer, Ohmie Go is the first of its kind.
The innovative service offers two brand new Kona electric vehicles (EVs) for rent, some of the first available in Australia, exclusive to the residents of the building. They can be used per hour or by the day and booked, unlocked, and billed – via the Ohmie Go smartphone app then returned to the same location within the building at the end of every rental.
For property developers, the tech initiative offers many benefits ranging from environmental to economical. Apart from the opportunity to contribute to overall global sustainability, the premium electric car share also acts as an additional amenity to residents. A valuable sales point of difference that is as sustainable as it is simple due to the service being fully managed, installed, and maintained by Ohmie Go which means no ongoing costs to the developer.
On top of the cost savings for property developers and apartment residents who also benefit from having car access without the upfront costs associated with purchasing and maintaining their own car, the environmental benefits are prominent.
“Providing Eq. Tower residents with an electric car-share service helps minimise the number of cars on city roads, alleviating traffic congestion. It also reduces the need for city dwellers to own a car and carpark within their building and all the costs associated with that. We’ve loved working with Ohmie and having the chance to back Australian entrepreneurs who have original ideas that can benefit the wider community in an area as important as sustainability.” said ICD Property Managing Director Matthew Khoo.
ICD Property is proud to be working alongside tech leaders Ohmie, automotive giant Hyundai, and Australia’s largest installer of electric vehicle chargers JET Charge to roll out Ohmie Go.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Ohmie Go for the launch of Australia’s first residential car-sharing service, and to provide Eq. Tower residents access to long-range, eco-friendly electrified driving with our stylish new Kona Electric SUV. It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco-cars in Australia and we are inspired by Ohmie Go’s equally ambitious plans to offer convenient and cost-effective mobility solutions across the country.” Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, JW Lee said.
“We have been waiting for years to team up with a company that recognises EVs as being both a mobility and energy asset. In Ohmie we found that company. They share our vision of offering a leading car-sharing business using 100% electric vehicles and also using the same vehicles to support our electricity grid, maximising that vehicle’s utilisation. We are super excited to be launching this world-class service with Ohmie Go, Hyundai and ICD Property” said JET Charge CEO, Tim Washington.
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