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Shared mobility news February 2016

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Visitor pay-as-you drive EVs herded to Lake District businesses

Twizy launch, with hosts

A flock of ten Co-Wheels electric Renault Twizys were ‘auctioned’ in Cumbria to their new owners for the first time. The keys and pay-as-you-drive vehicles were handed over to Keswick & Ullswater accommodation providers and visitor attractions.

To give the funky two-seater vehicles a Cumbrian identity, each has been branded with a name in traditional dialect (a mix of Westmorland and Cumberland). They are being delivered through the ‘See More’ sustainable travel programme with support from national car sharing social enterprise Co-wheels Car Club. The zero emissions vehicles cost £10 per hour, £30 for a half day (4 hours) or £45 for a full day.

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Smarter Travel LIVE 2016

Carplus is placing shared mobility centre stage by supporting the Smarter Travel LIVE Conference with a series of themed sessions bridging transport technology and behavioural change. These are taking place at ArenaMK, Milton Keynes on 17-18 March 2016.


Enter the Carplus promotional code: GCARPSTL16 on Smarter Travel LIVE’s website to book your place for a special discount rate of £150 (+ VAT and admin) – a massive saving on the full cost of Smarter Travel tickets.


Climate Challenge Fund Open for applications

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17.

Community-led organisations are invited to apply for CCF funding to run one year projects with a start date of 1 April 2016 and completion date of 31 March 2017

Grants of up to £150,000 are available per project with application deadlines in February Keep Scotland Beautiful urges potential applicants to apply quickly.

You find out more on the Climate Challenge Fund website.


New resource shows car clubs are a sound investment

The Economic Benefits of Car Clubs, published today on the Carplus website enables the calculation of economic benefits using government guidelines for economic appraisal. This latest research shows that car clubs can be an extremely wise investment, with benefit to cost ratios of up to 35:1.

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Surrey County Council brings in City Car Club for car sharing

Surrey County Council has appointed City Car Club to increase the range of sustainable local transport options available to local residents, council employees and businesses in the region. Vehicles will be available across a mixture of on- and off-street bays in Guildford, Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead and Woking.

Richard Peplow, environment projects officer at Surrey County Council, said:

‘City Car Club is offering an efficient and responsive service that helps our desire to offer more sustainable transport options to our residents. We encourage people to look at every method – whether walking, public transport, cycling or driving – and see which ones work best for them. Joining a car club is environmentally friendly and good value for money. It forms a vital part of any modern transport solution.’

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Norfolk Car Club expansion featured on local TV

Norwich’s Mustard TV are getting the word out to residents about the network of 37 pay-as-you-drive vehicles, the full video can be on Mustard TV.

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Harbury Energy Initiative’s community engagement

Harbury Energy Initiative launched e-Wheels at the end of October 2015 as a way of using the 2 electric cars in Harbury for community benefit. It provides zero emission transport for people referred to by local agencies, such as the food banks, AgeUK, child centres and surgeries.

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Ford announce peer-to-peer pilot

Car manufacturing giant Ford launches a peer-to-peer car sharing service in the US, marking a further experiment in their shared mobility operations. Ford Credit Link enables peer groups of 3-6 people to pay-as-you-drive any of their vehicles organising payments and booking the car via an app. Launching in Austin next month, Ford’s pilot scheme is actively targeting drivers who no longer wish to own their own vehicle.

The original story can be viewed here.


Nikebikes for Portland, Oregon

Sponsorship from the sports retailing giant Nike has almost doubled the size of Portland’s bike share scheme. The five-year deal worth $10 million will now see the planned scheme offering 1,000, whereas before only 600 bikes were to be made available. Nike are branding the bikes with their logo and the livery is orange and grey.

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Canadian consolidation of the car sharing sector

Communauto, a car sharing pioneer in North America and Vrtucar, the biggest carsharing service in Ottawa and Kingston, announced their merger enhancing the development of carsharing in Eastern Canada. This alliance will consolidate the position of the largest group operating roundtrip carsharing service in Canada, serving from now on, cities of Halifax, Quebec, Sherbrooke, the metropolitan areas of Montreal, Gatineau, Ottawa and Kingston with 1800 cars and nearly 50 000 users.

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Go Ultra Low: ‘Sharing cars, bikes and rides would reduce emissions faster AND tackle congestion in target cities’ says Carplus

Shared transport organisation Carplus has welcomed the award of £40 million Government investment in low emission vehicles across the UK as part of its policy on climate change. But the organisation has also expressed concern at missed opportunities to support the trend to smart mobility and shared use rather than car ownership.

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Measuring successful bike share schemes

Bikeplus has published a new document outlining how success for bike share schemes can be measured through outputs such as; usage levels, customer satisfaction and socio-environmental factors. Sustainable bike share operations depend on city-specific factors such as partnerships, sponsorship, density, bike quality and pricing.

Read the full document here.


Shared Mobility News SPECIAL OFFER: Smarter Travel LIVE! tickets just £150!


Smarter Travel Live, 17-18 March 2016, ArenaMK, Milton Keynes

As part of Carplus support for Smarter Travel Live 2016, Shared Mobility News is offering tickets at a special discount rate of £150 (+ VAT and admin) – a massive saving on the full cost of Smarter Travel tickets – £425 (private sector) or £295 (public sector) + VAT.

Book now!

A limited number of tickets at the reduced price of £150 are available, on a first come first served basis, so book now!

How to book:

Book online on Smarter Travel Live 2016 website

Enter the Carplus promotional code: GCARPSTL16 and ‘apply’. Then click ‘order now’.

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Full conference details: Smarter Travel Live, 17-18 March 2016, ArenaMK, Milton Keynes


London borough officer training event - 29 February 2016

Carplus are running a training event, particularly relevant to London borough officers. Topics to be covered include: developments in the car club sector including UberPool, Impacts of the Autolib scheme in Paris, On Street EV charging bays and TMOs, and a summary of the key points in the EV toolkit.

The event is taking place at the TfL offices, Palestra, London. Attendance for Carplus members and London borough officers is free of charge, with general bookings at £30.00 plus VAT.

Please book through the Carplus website here.

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