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Shared mobility news December 2015
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Shared Mobility News!

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

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Connecting electric bikes to the internet of things in Bristol

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Bristol has been awarded 25 million Euros to create integrated smart city solutions to tackle urban problems such as traffic congestion, poor air quality and unsustainable energy use. The Bristol REPLICATE project will install smart connected electric cars and bikes across the city and will be funded through the EU’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme.

The project will primarily focus on East Bristol and aims to look at how we can further develop technology in order to create efficient, integrated and interactive urban environments which empower citizens. Some work already underway as Bristol is Open (BIO), the city council’s joint venture with the University of Bristol, is already pioneering the introduction of smart city technology whereby data can be collated through city-centre sensors linked to a high performance computer.

Co-wheels will be delivering shared electric vehicle service which will be based in central Bristol.

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Car2Go launches in Madrid

Car2go has launched in Madrid with the first free-floating carsharing service in Spain comprising 350 smart ‘fortwo’ electric drive vehicles. The operating home area includes 53 square kilometres. Driving is charged per minute – with an initial hire price of €0,19 per minute, including taxes, insurance, parking costs and first 50 kilometres.

The scheme has launched Launch with a new and unique hub-based recharging infrastructure system.

Research published this summer looked at Car2Go and other one way car clubs operating in Germany and showed reductions in private car journeys.

Madrid has welcomed electric mobility and has implemented a law allowing all electric vehicles to park for free.
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Prizes, prizes, prizes

City Car Club wins business sustainability award

City Car Club in Edinburgh was named winner of the Transport Award today at the 16th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards on 26 November.
The VIBES Awards is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme which recognises and rewards businesses that contribute to the country’s sustainable development by taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.

Derbyshire NHS car club wins Modeshift Award

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust was named best workplace sustainable travel initiative when the awards were announced at the national Modeshift annual convention on November 5. Modeshift supports sustainable travel across public sectors.

The Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust has worked with Co-wheels car club for more than two years, enabling its workforce to use pool cars for work.

Car club cars give housing developer the edge

It’s also exciting to see housing developers winning awards on the basis of their all round approach to housing and transport solutions.

The WhatHouse? awards, increasingly recognised as the Oscars of the housebuilding industry, commended Hyde New Homes in its ‘Best Brownfield’ category. This awarded a prize for the One Hove Park scheme, a residential development of 71 apartments, with 41 available through private sale and 30 as affordable housing for first time buyers, as well as two car club cars for both residents and the local community, 126 secure cycle spaces, a large communal garden, balconies and a solar panel on its roof.

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E-car club ups and downs

Residents in a new housing development in Bicester, Oxfordshire will have access to a new electric car club, run by E-car Club. The club will consist of two cars, a BMW i3, sponsored by North Oxford BMW and a Renault Zoe, sponsored by social housing developer A2Dominion, although the number of cars in the fleet will rise as more residents move in.

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Co-wheels to manage Gateshead's fleet

Building on Co-wheels’ significant presence in the North East, Gateshead Council has appointed Co-Wheels to provide a pool car fleet that will also be used as a car club for the local community outside contract hours.

Co-Wheels will supply 18 vehicles, 16 to the civic centre and two to another site. The estimated value of the contract is £100,000 a year. The contract runs for three years from 1 January 2016 with the potential for two one-year extensions.

 
 

Holdall card unlocks access to Norfolk car club

Norfolk’s answer to the Oystercard, the Holdall, launched several new services in November. The smartcard – previously only used for bus travel at park and ride sites – can now be used to access Norfolk car club vehicles and also works on an expanded number of bus routes and on community transport.

This development means that people topping up their cards can book car club cars and use them to unlock vehicles.

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events
 

Conference report online

Car Clubs in England: Milestones on the Road to Shared Mobility
3 November 2015

We had a packed schedule for this conference with contributions from across the Developing Car Clubs England Programme. New and innovative schemes were discussed, bringing together experience in numerous different contexts from small rural organisations to urban transport authorities.

Car Clubs in England: Milestones on the Road to Shared Mobility is sponsored by City Car Club, part of the Enterprise CarShare Network
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Save the date: Smarter Travel Conference 17-18 March 2016

Carplus is working with the conference organisers to put shared transport at the centre of next year’s Smarter Travel conference.

Watch this space for speaker and session details and for Carplus member offers.

 
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