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Shared mobility news October 2014

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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Carplus welcomes government's shared economy review

DSC_8579Matthew Hancock, the Business Minister, announced a review of the sharing economy on Monday 29 September, led by Debbie Wosskow. Car clubs, 2+ car sharing, lift sharing and peer-to-peer car clubs all fall within the shared economy.

Commenting on the review, launched on 29 September, Chas Ball, Chief Executive said:

Some aspects of the transport shared economy agenda such as 2+car sharing and peer to peer car clubs are more about individuals sharing their assets with others. Conversely, mainstream car clubs involve members in a relationship with a company or co-op to achieve better use of vehicle assets and opportunities for fractional use of a vehicle. The issues arising from these two models are quite different although both are part of the shared economy.

The review will build on the process, started in January with a round table at No10 Downing Street involving a number of organisations including Carplus and subsequent work with BIS, DVLA and British Insurance Association.
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Zipcar launches in Paris

Speaking at Zipcar’s launch in Paris on 16 September, European President, Massimo Marsili, said:

Today represents a huge opportunity for Zipcar to operate in a city that is already embracing alternative mobility offerings. Like many cities around the world, Paris benefits from an excellent and widely used public transport network and an informed and educated public that is looking for a smarter way to live and consume goods, particularly when it comes to transport.

With an ever growing population that is putting pressure on its transport infrastructure, Zipcar is committed to providing Parisians with a flexible and cost effective alternative transport solution. We are excited to be launching our first wave of locations today, and aspire to a future where Parisians live no more than a 5-10 minute walk from a Zipcar.
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Energy Saving Trust launch Electric Vehicle Roadshow in Scotland

Electric vehicle

Energy Saving Trust is hosting a series of free, electric vehicle (EV) events across Scotland to highlight the benefits of integrating EVs into transport operations. They will cover practical information about the business benefits of electric vehicles and support and financial incentives to help businesses lower fuel costs.

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LEAP Car Club adds electric vehicle to its fleet

EV LAUNCH Bow charging

LEAP Car Club held its official electric vehicle launch on 20 September.
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Car club funding: bidding process underway

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Carplus launched the bidding process for £340k of funding and support for car club projects with two information days for interested local authorities in Leeds and Bristol in September.

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Carplus new staff

Carplus welcomes Michael Canning to our Leeds Office to manage the Car Club Development Programme and Tom O’Donovan as Car Club Development Officer. Morag Haddow has started work in our Scotland Office as Car Club Development Officer (Scotland).

We also welcome new Executive Director Alistair Kirkbride to our Leeds office to begin a handover period, with Chief Executive Chas Ball retiring at the end of November.


Car Club Technical Training Event - London Borough Officers

4 November 10am – 4.30pm

This technical training day will cover topics including:

- Procurement;

- Section 106 agreements;

- Increasing public awareness; and

- Corporate use – making the case to employees.

This training event qualifies for 3 hours CPD from the CILT

View the draft programme on our website.

Attendance is by invitation only – email enquiries to

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