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Shared mobility news May 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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Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs 2014-15

The Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs 2014-15, published at the Annual Conference on 30 April, shows that car clubs have become a fixed star in the transport firmament. Growth is steady, both in the numbers of car club members and the numbers and types of vehicles available to members.

This is the eighth consecutive annual survey, and over this time, positive trends in the benefits of car club use have become firmly established. The Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs shows that car club members drive fewer miles, walk, cycle, and use public transport more. Joining a car club reduces the number of cars on the road. The car club fleet is still far safer and cleaner than the national fleet – whilst also improving its emissions year on year.

Key headlines

- 50% of Londoners now live within a 5 minute walk of a car club car.

- Across the UK, over 26,500 private cars have been removed from the roads by sale or disposal of a car in the last 12 months

- Over 55,000 members would have bought a car if they hadn’t joined a car club

- The car club fleet is cleaner than the national fleet producing over 30% less CO2 per vehicle and with over 95% of the fleet meeting Euro 5 or 6 standards representing the cleanest engines.

- Different car club models are emerging but the characteristics of car club members joining traditional models and the newer peer-to-peer models are broadly similar.

This year the Annual Survey shows a picture of consolidation of traditional car clubs over the past year and provides a firm benchmark for future developments. Next year, however, we will start to see data from newer operators joining the market and testing new models, the impact of central government support for car clubs in England, increased integration with other forms of public transport and even higher use of electric vehicles in car club fleets.

Download the Annual Survey of Car Clubs here.

Video of launch presentations on YouTube

Presentations are also available on our YouTube channel.
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The Carplus Annual Conference, shared mobility as a lifestyle choice?

Following the successful launch of the Annual Survey of Car Clubs, the conference went on to look at how people are increasingly seeing how they travel as part of their lifestyles rather than seeing themselves as, say, a car driver or bus user. This was kicked off with the proposition that shared transport could be seen as the next revolution in transport.

A variety of perspectives then allowed some key ideas to emerge. . People are increasingly responding to both push and pull factors – factors that make people consider their options or look at alternatives as well as the availability of different modes and the reduction of barriers to change. Ford go!Drive presented their new car club experiment in London, with Virgin Trains East Coast demonstrating plans to help people change the way they arrive at and leave stations. The DfT outlined how the door-to-door journey strategy aims to provide for easier multi-modal journey making and TfL focussed on how transport planning for London is increasingly focussed on how people’s ‘mobility lifestyles’ will be an integral part of how London will function in the future.

Presentations are avaiable on the Carplus website: Presentations

Carless cities, a film by, takes the move away from the car as a given and discusses the implications:

There is also a full written Carless Cities report.
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Shared electric bikes - Call for Expressions of Interest for grant scheme

Shared bikes are a key part of shared mobility – just look at the public bike hire schemes in London and – increasingly – most major UK cities. Electrically assisted bikes open up cycling to a much wider range of people, but currently aren’t really a part of shared networks.

The new DfT supported Carplus programme aims to get more people on electric bikes and work out – through funded projects – how to accelerate their take-up and maximise their benefits. Electric bikes being a part of shared schemes – whether these are bike hire networks, integrated with car clubs or as pools through community networks – removes one of the main barriers to usage – namely that people won’t have to commit to buying a bike to use them.

For more information on the programme, see

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is June 12th.


Global Sharing Week 7-13 June

Global Sharing Week is the world’s largest people-driven campaign raising public awareness to the rapidly growing Sharing Economy. GSW raises the profile of over 8000 sharing services around the world to show people, communities and businesses how embracing the sharing economy is a fun and easy way to connect to each other, manage resources more efficiently, while at the same time getting greater value for money!

Carplus will be promoting shared transport for Global Sharing Week – SEND in your sharing news, campaigns and events and we’ll help share them far and wide. We’ll also round up the best events, offers and initiatives in Shared Mobility News – send your Global Sharing Week news to by 26 May to feature.

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Co-wheels launches in Dundee

After a successful three car trial in Dundee, Co-wheels launched a full fleet of car club vehicles in the city in April.

Over 15 vehicles – predominantly electric – are being deployed across Dundee in the coming weeks, including Renault Zoe electric cars, an electric van, and a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. Electric and hybrid vehicles were chosen to help improve the city’s environmental credentials by improving air quality and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. As part of a shared resource in the city, the car club encourages sustainable transport choices and reduced car ownership.

Dundee City Council supported and part-funded the expansion of the scheme, along with the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland Programme and the TACTRAN Regional Transport Partnership.

City Development Convener Councillor Will Dawson said:

Car clubs provide a money-saving alternative to car ownership for occasional use, but they are also helping to cut down on our carbon footprint. The vehicles are more efficient than the average privately owned car. They help to reduce the number of cars on the road and can improve individual mobility and accessibility.”

Membership is open to anyone who has held a driving licence for more than a year, and a one-off fee enables access to all local vehicles, in addition to the national Co-wheels fleet in locations across the UK. Residents can find out more, and receive £20 free driving credit by visiting

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E-car Club launch Scotland’s largest all-electric car club in St Andrews


The University of St Andrews, together with Transport Scotland and operators E-Car Club has launched Scotland’s largest all electric, community car club. St Andrews now has a fleet of 10 electric vehicles (8x Renault ZOE hatchbacks and 2x Renault Kangoo vans) which residents, businesses and visitors can hire by the hour; making the it Scotland’s most densely populated EV town.

The cars can generally travel around 65-90 miles on a single charge; putting Dundee and Edinburgh within easy reach, with their fantastic infrastructure of rapid charging units making even longer journeys an option.
Scottish Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay said:

It is really exciting to see the nation’s first all EV car club in launch in St Andrews, funded in part by the £1 million announced last summer for EVs in car clubs through the ‘Developing Car Clubs in Scotland’ programme. The Scottish Government is committed to achieving the target of almost total decarbonisation of road transport by 2050 because of the numerous benefits this will bring. This community based project will also help improve air quality in this popular tourist town while encouraging more use of EVs in general.

Chris Morris, Managing Director of E-Car Club said:

‘I’m delighted to be able to officially announce the launch of E-Car Club in St Andrews. This is particularly significant to us as our first scheme in Scotland – once home to many of the E-Car team including myself – and our largest single deployment of vehicles to date. St Andrews has an active sustainability agenda combined with some complex mobility needs. As a relatively remote community car ownership is naturally seen by many as essential, yet its historic layout and compact size have led to ever increasing congestion and parking pressure. E-Car is a low cost, flexible and environmentally sustainable transport option which we are confident will prove popular with the local community, university students and tourists alike.

Derek Watson, Quaestor and Factor of the University of St Andrews, said:

St Andrews is a place of exciting journeys; a place pilgrims travelled to, students pack their bags for, and a point of departure for great ideas. I’m confident the E-Car Club will prove to be another of those great ideas – improving transport access for staff, students and the local community. We hope that by offering access to a low carbon form of transport, we can work together to reduce the cost and environmental impact of each journey undertaken.

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From left to right: Ben Fletcher, Senior Product Manager for Renault’s EV range, Patrick Cresswell, Marketing Manager at E-Car Club, Derek Watson, Quaestor and Factor of the University of St Andrews, Matt Eastwood, Car Club Development Manager (Scotland) at Carplus, Patrick Laughlin, Manager, St Andrews Partnership


Abolition of the counterpart driving licence – implications for shared transport

From June 8th, the paper counterpart driving licence will soon be a thing of the past. The DVLA’s View Driving Licence service is already live and allows anyone to view their driving licence details online.

More importantly, it will allow people to provide access to these details to third parties. This means that signing up for car club membership should get a lot more straightforward and new opportunities emerge for enhancing identity security for 2+ car sharing. Other developments to further enhance these opportunities will be rolled out by the DVLA in the next 6 months.


Derwent Valley Project shows there’s room for expansion

The first group awarded funding under the Developing Car Clubs in England Programme has completed its project and produced a report on the group’s findings.

The Derwent Valley proposal was to investigate the demand for an expanded car club in the communities surrounding Blackhall Mill. The research involved community consultation in events, leafleting in key areas for potential expansion, and an online survey.

Their surveys indicated that 83% of respondents would possibly use the car if the provision was extended with 37% stating that they would use the car club. The group also established that there is a demand for shared pedal assisted electric bikes (EPACs) with demand for bicycle hubs along the Derwent Walk in the areas of Ebchester Station and Winlaton or Swalwell. The project has established that there key areas of demand for the expansion of the car club and its shared electric bikes scheme, in particular in Consett, Blackhill, Shotley Bridge and Rowlands Gill, supported by bike hubs.

There’s a nice interview about the scheme here.

Further detail will be available in the final report on the projects under Developing Car Clubs in England Programme.


Carsharing Conference - 22-23 September, Vancouver

Mark your calendars for September 22-23, 2015 for the Carsharing Conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada. City transportation officials, public transit authorities, carsharing operators, mobility technology innovators, and auto manufacturers convene to discuss the most pressing issues in innovative mobility. The CarSharing Association (CSA) promotes cooperation among stakeholder groups to ensure that market development addresses multi-modal integration, urban congestion, clean propulsion, parking, and land-use issues.

More information:


Disrupting Mobility, 11-13 November, Cambridge MA

More details here.

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