Blue Cars rentals was started in Auckland in 2015 as a way of introducing drivers to electric vehicles (EVs). Up until that point owner Carl Barlev had been an unpaid ambassador for the new mode of transport which he saw as critical to lowering carbon emissions.
Carl knew the best way to convert people to EVs was to let them drive one. By establishing Blue Cars he was able to continue doing that in a financially stable way. Since then the business has added staff and a number of other services, including a workshop to service EVs.
Since 2018 the team has been working on battery upgrade solutions to extend the life of older EVs and maximise their carbon-saving potential. They have also supplied used Nissan Leaf batteries for projects around the country, including one to prove the viability of EV batteries for solar energy storage projects.
Carl says the business has directly and indirectly supported thousands of consumers to make the switch to an EV.