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Shared mobility news March 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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Developing car clubs in England - project updates



Frome Car Club launched on 8 February at the Cheese and Grain (pictured above). This is one of the three sites for the club cars and incorporates an EV charger which is recharged by solar panels on the building roof.
Frome is the first new car club to launch as part of the Developing Car Clubs England Programme. The project is being led by Frome Town Council and the scheme will be operated by Co-wheels. More on the launch here.

The club also has a new website.


Norfolk Car Club has launched its new website:


Derby City Council have awarded the contract for the new car club demonstration project to Co-wheels. This brings the number of Co-wheels operations to 50 locations across the UK.


InclusivEV launch


Cenex has launched its InclusivEV project with a summit in Birmingham. The organisation has secured EU funding to develop replicable business cases and secure investment for community electric car clubs as part of their InclusivEV project to develop electric mobility in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.


Scottish Shared Transport Conference


The Scottish Shared Transport Conference was a packed event in more than one sense. With eleven presentations in the course of the day, it offered a survey of innovations in shared transport and shared experiences across the sector.
Conference sponsors Abellio set out their plans for taking over the Scotrail network. These include door-to-door transport plans, remodelling the station space and access to incorporate better walking and cycling access, along with car club integration plans.

Presentations from a range of car clubs, 2+ car sharing, cycle sharing and community initiatives gave the conference delegates from all over Scotland food for thought. Over two thirds of Scottish local authorities were represented as well as a range of other interested organisations.

Download the presentations here.

Image: John Dietz shares Abellio’s vision for door to door public and shared transport in Scotland.


Forum 24

Another busy forum in London looked at two aspects of car club growth in London. The first session covered the acceleration of electric vehicle take up through car clubs. OLEV and Carplus’ experience in Scotland was used to frame healthy discussion. The second looked at models from outside London as potential ways of increasing car club take up in outer boroughs, lower density and lower income areas. EasyCarClub and Co-wheels provided useful insights on their experiences of working in such areas elsewhere.

Download the presentations here.


Social media update

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Save the date: Carplus Annual Conference 30 April 2015

The Annual Conference and launch of the Carplus Annual Survey will take place on 30 April 2015 at the National Railway Museum, York.

Bookings will open on 18 March.


GreenFleet, 10-11 April 2015, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Carplus will be creating a dedicated car club zone at Green Fleet , with City Car Club, Co-wheels and E-car Club on hand to show their vehicles and benefits.

GreenFleet website.


Disrupting Mobility, 11-13 November, Cambridge MA

More details here.

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