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Shared mobility news December 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of Shared Mobility News!

Find out what’s happening in the world of car clubs. You’ll also find links to latest recommended reads and details on upcoming events.

Best wishes for the holiday season and a happy New Year.

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Co-wheels named environmental social enterprise of the year

Congratulations to Co-wheels which has been named environmental social enterprise of the year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2013.

Now in its 15th year, the awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. The awards were held at LSO St Luke’s in London on 27 November and were hosted by comedienne and TV personality Sue Perkins.

Co-wheels beat off competition from Belu Water Ltd, Glasgow Bike Station, Hill Holt Wood and Changeworks Recycling. See a picture of Paul Balmont and Richard Falconer from Co-wheels receiving their award on Flickr.


New Transport Minister expresses enthusiasm for car clubs

In the Viewpoint column of Local Transport Today Carplus Chief Executive Chas Ball welcomed the remarks of the newly appointed minister in the Department for Transport, Baroness Susan Kramer on car clubs. Read the article in LTT 634 on page 16.


E-Car Club launches

Autumn has seen the official launch of E-Car Club to communities across the South East of England. Its first installation in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets was supported by Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer. It has since gone on to launch in Oxford and has received a range of positive press coverage.

The London launch followed the success of two pilot projects: a community-led project in Milton Keynes launched in October 2012 and a partnership with Luton Borough Council earlier this year. E-Car Club plans to open similar schemes at the University of Hertfordshire and Maylands Business Park (Hemel Hempstead) in the coming months.


Chester and Liverpool welcomes City Car Club

City Car Club has extended its operations to Chester and Liverpool. The move comes after Cheshire and Chester West Council and Liverpool City Council look to new transportation method in order to combat congestion and inner city pollution. Bays located near Moorfields station, Liverpool Central Station and Chester station give commuters the advantage of getting into the city by public transport with the car club available if needed during the working day.

Launch of Car Club.  

Changes to City Car Club congestion charge policy

At the beginning of November, City Car Club introduced a congestion charge exception for all member bookings on vehicles based within the London Congestion Charge. As with fuel, the cost is being absorbed by City Car Club regardless of the type of vehicle.

For any vehicles that enter the zone which are normally based outside the congestion charge zone, the congestion charges incurred will be passed on to members after receiving notification from Transport for London (TfL).

The changes come after an update to the TFL policy. Previously low emission vehicles were exempt from the charge, but now there are no combustion engine vehicles (even hybrid vehicles that operate in ‘EV mode’ for most city centre journeys) that fit the exemption criteria.


Madrid hotel chain signs EV car are agreement

Electric car-sharing services are being introduced in Madrid through a new agreement between NH Hotels, a top hotel chain and leader in sustainable tourism, and Respiro Car Sharing. Together the two companies will implement an EV car-sharing service in 10 hotels operated by NH in Madrid.

The agreement is expanding the existing car-sharing service operated by the two companies since January 2013, and will specifically facilitate the use of the Nissan LEAF. The agreement with NH Hotels enables Respiro to offer its car-sharing service at 53 pick-up points across central Madrid that customers can reserve via phone or internet.


Auto-mobile expands its Montreal service

Montreal-based Communauto, which operates the Auto-mobile car sharing service within four cities in Quebec, has expanded its Montreal service to two additional boroughs. Auto-mobile is the first 100% electric car-sharing project in Canada.
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Carplus co-authors article on cutting edge car club/car sharing research

Carplus Board members Matthew Clark (Steer Davies Gleave), Dr Scott LeVine (Imperial College) and Kate Gifford (Strategy and Business Manager at Carplus) are making a poster presentation at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington D.C. in January 2014 on the usage and impacts of peer to peer and business to business car-sharing/ car club market segments.
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Carplus AGM

Carplus held its AGM alongside a wider ‘Urban Mobility’ event, held at the Kia Oval on 13th November 2013 (more details below). The meeting included a brief annual review of 2012/13 and then the business of the AGM, including the approval of the minutes from the 2012 AGM and the company accounts. In addition, the members received the resignation of three Trustees and approved the Board recommendation for the election of two new members.


New board members

Carplus is pleased to welcome two new Trustees to the Board. John Condon, a sustainability and CSR specialist, and Vinay Gupta, a business entrepreneur who previously founded Our Board of Trustees act as directors of the company and provide guidance and strategic direction. Trustees are all unpaid, although may claim out of pocket travel and subsistence.


Car club and shared EVs planned for Newport

An event at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport on Tuesday 19 November explored the introduction of a Newport-wide ‘car club’, a transport network utilising electric cars, vans and other low-emission vehicles.

The proposals have emerged from the plans by developer Sennybridge for a £39m sustainable development at the Old Town Dock. Plans have been submitted for a transport scheme utilising a mini-fleet of electric cars for shared-use by residents, together with extensive transport links, and safe walking and cycling routes, to create a greener, more environmentally friendly space in which to live.
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Demonstration vehicles at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport.  

The benefits of developing car clubs in Scotland

The latest Carplus report The benefits of developing car clubs in Scotland is now available on the Carplus website. Data collected shows that car club membership in Scotland has grown by an average of 23% over the last two years fuelled by the launch of new car clubs in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee and Haddington.

The sustained growth of existing car clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow has also contributed to the rise, which exceeds the 9% growth for car club membership in England and Wales (excluding London) over the same period. Across Scotland there are now over 7,000 car club members with approximately 102 people joining a Scottish car club every month. Read more on the Carplus website.


Carplus member recognised in national green awards

SusMobil Ltd based in Uckfield, East Sussex, recently picked up a Green Apple Environment Award for their innovative low-carbon car club. In a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies they competed against more than 500 other nominations and were presented with a Bronze Award in the Freight and Transport category at a presentation ceremony in the House of Commons. Read more on the Carplus website.


Car Club Forum 22- hold the date!

The next Car Club Forum will be held on Tuesday 25th February at Transport for London’s offices at Palestra (Blackfriars Road). This event will focus on some of the topical issues that have emerged over the New Year including the submission to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles by Carplus on the future of shared EVs, which contained a route map for expanding the role of ULEVs in shared mobility. We will let you know the final programme in early January.


Intermodes, February 2014 in Brussels

Carplus members, partners and associates are being offered a 30% discount for the sixth Intermodes event in Brussels, on 6 February 2014. Intermodes is the international convention entirely devoted to passenger transport intermodality. The focus of 6th Event: Sustainable Mobility and Intermodality will be on Greece, which will hold the Presidency of the European Union Council during the first half of 2014.

The objectives of INTERMODES is to create a platform for exchanges between all European players in the passenger transport sector, in order for them to share solutions for the joint construction of a sustainable and mobile Europe. All transport modes are taken into account.

The 30% discounted rate is available when registering with the promocode CARPLUS. Please note the discount is applicable to both standard available rates for communities and commercial companies and does not apply to special offers. Full details of the event and booking information are available on the Intermodes website.


Urban Mobility and Alternatives to Car Ownership

There was a great turn out for the Urban Mobility and Alternatives to Car Ownership conference, which preceded the Carplus AGM. The event explored the fast expanding concept of ‘collective car’ provision and ways of integrating new forms of car ownership and use with total urban mobility.

Topics included the challenges and opportunities for passenger transport operators, parking service providers and city authorities to build new relationships and combined mobility products, information and payment systems.

Speakers included Reinhard Birke, Vienna Stadtwerke, who discussed the development of the new Smile mobility app; Dr Scott Le Vine, Imperial College and Carplus board member, who focused on how we ration parking to prioritise the smartest travel choices, and Jonathan Hampson, Head of Locations Zipcar, who discussed the next steps for the car club sector.


LSTF national conference in Manchester

Carplus, City Car Club, Co-Wheels, E-Car Club and Straight Plc represented the car club sector on an exhibition stand at the Local Sustainable Transport Fund national conference in Manchester, where the theme was mainstreaming smarter travel.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer addressed delegates on the second day of the conference and said she will be “watching” to see if local enterprise partnerships’ plans provide cash for sustainable transport.

The Minister said, “We’ve seen a huge amount of energy and commitment to the projects that have been supported by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. These have resulted in significant benefits for local communities and good value for the taxpayer. I will be watching to ensure local enterprise partnerships bear this in mind and reflect it in the strategic economic plans they will be submitting in December.”
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