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Shared mobility news November 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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Government predicts £19 million savings now councils and other public bodies can benefit from shared transport

For the first time, the government has recognised car clubs as part of the vehicle hire service procurement system for public services. Excitingly, the latest Crown Commercial Services agreement specifically covers ‘Car share solutions and expert support to help you design car share solutions’ and includes access to pay as you go, short term hires and shared vehicle assets.
The agreement, Framework Number: RM1062, lists five car club operators as potential suppliers:

Avis Budget UK Ltd (Zipcar)
Co-Wheels Car Club Community Interest Company
Enterprise Rent-A-Car U K Ltd (City Car Club)
Europcar Group UK Ltd (E-car Club)
HERTZ (U.K.) Ltd

Full agreement


Manchester Metropolitan University teams up with City Car Club to increase the shared use of low emission vehicles


Manchester Metropolitan University has invested in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and two Nissan LEAFs for staff use, as an alternative to using older more polluting vehicles. In order to ensure that the vehicles were used and had the correct support system, the university needed to find an effective fleet management system. Manchester Metropolitan University has partnered with City Car Club to provide support for the vehicles, staff and management.

City Car Club (part of the Enterprise CarShare network) provides university staff with a 24/7/365 service which includes member helpline, online vehicle reservation platform and iOS app to ensure the vehicles are utilised efficiently. Comprehensive reporting provided by City Car Club allows fleet managers within Manchester Metropolitan University to monitor usage of vehicles and therefore understand and communicate the value of the vehicles to third party stakeholders as required. This is an important function as the investment was funded through OLEV and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Staff will also benefit from the partnership as they have access to the national City Car Club fleet of over 1,000 vehicles in Manchester and across the UK.

Our working relationship with City Car Club has been very encouraging. Our vehicles were set up with very little stress. The support from the team has been exceptional and response to any teething issues has been immediate. City Car Club definitely go above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition and we hope to continue this relationship for many years to come
Jason Smith, Environment Team, Manchester Metropolitan University


Wind powered cars take Stornaway by storm

In addition, E-car Club has launched a new car club on Stornaway, on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides. The wind power generation from the nearby Pentland Road windfarm is more than sufficient for the community’s needs so that a fully electric car club makes complete sense. This is a further example of a growing trend, linking electricity generation in peripheral areas to local usage to provide accessible mobility to communities. The shared electric vehicle fleet comprises nine Renault Zoes and a Kangoo ZE. The vehicles are provided by E-car club, serviced by a local car hire firm and members can hire them 24/7.


Insurance still a major issue for community car clubs

Securing insurance for small fleets is one of the biggest obstacles for community car clubs. Recent reports of insurers pulling out of the sector and annual premiums in the region of £1,000 per vehicle have caused uncertainty in otherwise thriving clubs. Carplus has been in discussion with insurers and is also supporting Co-cars to find solutions to this tricky issue through the Developing Car Clubs in England Programme.


Drive Now

Drive Now in London goes from strength to strength, adding a further 20 BMW i3s and bringing the total number of electric vehicles in its London fleet up to 50.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, parking has proved too tricky to negotiate for Drive Now and operations have been suspended, underlining one of the issues facing operators across the globe.


Funding opportunity opens on 20 November

Shell Springboard provides funding to UK entrepreneurs at the cutting-edge of the low-carbon economy. In 2016 funding awards of up to £150,000 are available for small enterprises with innovative, commercially viable business ideas that reduce carbon emissions.



Developing Car Clubs England

With all of the first round projects underway, the Carplus Developing Car Clubs in England Project (DCCE) has published interim milestones which include:
15 new car clubs
an additional 153 cars in the network
over 40 new communities served and
nearly 1,000 new members

The DCCE Programme funding began in early 2015, and funded one new urban car club (Derby), the expansion of an existing car club in Norfolk, schemes to integrate public transport and car clubs in Nottingham and West Yorkshire as well as a plethora of smaller community car club projects. These projects were chosen to demonstrate how car clubs can help improve congestion, air quality and reduce emissions – whilst providing people with access to transport – and test different ways of making this work.

itso article
ITSO cards feature in several of the projects in which car clubs are integrated with public transport.

Developing Car Clubs England Programme Milestones


Bikeplus - a new venture for Carplus

Carplus is set to launch a new representative body for bike sharing: Bikeplus.

As bike share schemes have become part of the local transport mix for many authorities, it has become obvious that there is a need to collect independent data, analyse the benefits and share good practice across the sector.

Carplus, in conjunction with a steering group of industry experts, is developing a representative body, Bikeplus to become an independent voice for the sector. The new organisation will support the emergence of the effective widespread availability of pooled bikes through research, analysis
and good practice guidance.

Rob Grisdale, Managing Director of nextbike UK said:

“We’re delighted to support the development of Bikeplus. It’s essential that there is more information and guidance around the procurement, launch and running of bikeshare schemes. We would like to see a free flow of knowledge so that local authorities can learn from each other’s experiences and not repeat mistakes.”

If you are interested in keeping in touch with Bikeplus developments please email antonia@bikeplus.org.uk or visit our bike share page.


Carplus staff update

Ben Kennedy joins the Carplus team in London. Ben’s role as the London Development Coordinator will involve him working with TfL, operators and the London boroughs to help support the delivery of the London Car Club Coalition strategy and increase uptake of car clubs across the Capital.

Full details of the Carplus team online.

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