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Shared mobility news February 2015

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.

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Co-wheels growing nationwide


Exciting times at Co-wheels as the club is seeing expansion throughout the UK. Co-wheels is investing in a party pack of 80 new Toyotas through Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services, with a mixture of new Aygo, Yaris Hybrid and the rechargeable Prius Plug-in hybrid. At the same time, its first Nissan eNV200 Combi Van is ready for action in Scotland. The club will be operating pool cars for Salford City Council and an on-street car club in the city from 1st April. Meanwhile, Co-wheels is also behind the new Frome Car Club, which will launch later this month. This new club is part of the Developing Car Clubs in England programme, funded by the Department for Transport.


Ford pilots one-way car club in London

A third car manufacturer is joining the car club market as Ford pilots a new service called ‘City Driving on Demand’. This service parallels BMW’s initiative; DriveNow!, and offers one way, point-to-point rentals of electric and low emission cars, as part of 25 new research initiatives designed to, in the words of Ford’s Marketing Director, “change the way the world moves’.


Scottish car clubs benefit from Carbon Challenge Fund Award

Congratulations to community car club operators LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) and Fintry Development Trust which have both won funding under the Scottish Carbon Challenge Fund for their car clubs and other sustainability initiatives.


London Car Club Strategy

The London Council’s TEC group supported the draft London Car Club Strategy in December. Ongoing work on the strategy with the London Car Clubs Coalition to end of March includes taking the London Boroughs’ comments into account, analysing the future scale of car club membership in London and the issue of parking.


Total Transport Pilot Funding

The Department for Transport has launched a new £4 million fund to help ‘join up’ local transport. Local authorities in England can bid for resources to implement a cross-sector approach to the delivery of supported public road passenger transport services.

Its purpose is to integrate transport services currently commissioned by different central and local government agencies and provided by different operators. This will allow existing resources to be allocated and co-ordinated more efficiently, resulting in services to passengers that are more effective at meeting their needs. Further details here.


ESPIRIT and InclusivEV

InclusivEV is a Pathfinder project funded through the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC. InclusivEV will test the financial mechanisms, technical feasibility and community willingness to use electric car club vehicles in social housing neighbourhoods which are not well served by public transport. InclusivEV is led by CENEX the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies and will work in four regions: West Midlands in the UK, Lower Silesia in Poland, Emilia Romagne in Italy and Valencia in Spain.

The ESPIRIT project is funded through the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, and aims to develop a purpose-built, light weight electric vehicle that can be stacked to reduce space or coupled to form a road train for efficient redistribution. This vehicle is intended to be used in point-to-point car clubs and to facilitate a last-mile personal mobility to complement existing public transport infrastructure. ESPIRIT is led by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and involves partners from 7 EU Member States.


Air Quality Consultation Scotland

The Low Emission Strategy for Scotland was published in January and comments are invited. The deadline is 10 April 2015.


Stop press: Car club member data

Car club membership has tipped over 185,000 this month.

The bi-annual survey of car clubs has been one of the most comprehensive data gathering activities to date and we’re delighted to announce that the total membership of car clubs has risen above 185,000 and is still showing strong growth.


Recruitment - Car Club Development Worker (Scotland)

Carplus is recruiting a part time Car Clubs Development Worker in Scotland. Full details of this opportunity here.


Forum 24

17 February 2015, London

The Carplus Forum 24 will focus on two key issues of sector development in London and large metropolitan areas:

- Shared EVs: how to accelerate uptake to tackle air quality, broaden experience of EVs and the role of the public sector in influencing uptake. With the current OLEV Go Ultra Low City funding scheme, this session will help outline the role of car clubs in helping optimise the benefits of EVs.

- Shared cars in lower density & lower income areas: This has been identified as a challenge by the London Car Club Coalition, so this session is designed to explore what models may already exist elsewhere as well as providing opportunities to think more broadly about the diversification of existing car club models.

Places are free to Carplus members and London Borough officers.

Book now. There are a small number of places left.


Scotland Shared Transport Conference

25 February 2015, City Halls, Glasgow

There are a few places left at the Scottish Shared Transport Conference so readers should book their space now to avoid disappointment.

Shared transport can increase the range of travel options available to businesses and individuals, enabling people to reduce their reliance on cars whilst still being mobile.

Speakers from a variety of lift-sharing, bike hire and car club schemes in Scotland speak about these new ways to travel and the measured environmental benefits of shared transport.

The event is sponsored by Abellio, the new ScotRail franchise operator, which has ambitious plans to integrate rail services with shared transport in Scotland. Key shared transport operators will also be exhibiting throughout the day.

Book here | View full programme

This conference is free to attend for active sustainable transport professionals. In the event of non attendance on the day, a cancellation charge of £50.00 will be levied.


Disrupting Mobility Summit announced

This interactive forum for leading executives, government representatives, and academics to discuss sustainable futures of transportation will take place 7-13 November in Boston. More information on the Disrupting Mobility Summit website.

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