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Shared mobility news October 2015

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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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Pedal power boosted as 11 shared electric bike schemes funded


The Carplus shared electric bike programme has announced the 11 schemes which will be funded as part of the project.

These schemes will put over 200 new electric bikes into circulation to see how they can help congestion, transport and health issues. The bikes have small electric motors which boost the riders’ pedal power and will be used in a variety of situations including:

- Electric bikes for hire in hilly towns and cities where riding pedal-only bikes is challenging

- Cargo bikes with electric motors to help hirers transport heavier loads

- A scheme providing transport for housing association homes in low income areas

- Tourist areas offering electric assisted bikes on hire to encourage people onto bikes for the first time or back onto bikes after a long break

Full list of shared electric bike schemes


City Car Club and Enterprise to sponsor Carplus national conference

Carplus is delighted to announce City Car Club and Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s sponsorship of national conference – Car Clubs: Milestones on the road to shared mobility

The conference will take place on Tuesday 3 November 2015 at M Shed in Bristol.

Carplus Executive Director, Alistair Kirkbride said:

As City Car Club becomes part of the larger Enterprise Rent-A-Car business, we are excited to see what opportunities this presents for the growth of the sector. It is fantastic to have the company’s involvement with the conference – and indeed with many of the projects on the ground.

2015 is an exciting year for car clubs – whilst sustained support from the public sector has allowed Carplus to examine what makes a successful car club scheme – private sector recognition of shared transport as an important component of mobility is a sign that car clubs are now firmly rooted as part of the sustainable transport mix.

The conference will look at projects funded under the Developing Car Clubs in England programme which have launched car clubs in new areas, expanded existing car clubs or integrated them with public transport networks.

It is exciting to see how these projects have tackled urban transport problems and explored innovative ways of addressing rural mobility in a sustainable manner.
Sessions will include integrating community energy and electric vehicles, successful marketing strategies for car clubs in different contexts and creating sustainable business models for community car clubs.


Book online: Car clubs: Milestones on the road to shared mobility
3 November 2015, M Shed, Bristol


Car club funding reaches further areas

A further three schemes will benefit from £139k funding as part of the Developing Car Clubs England Programme. These initiatives will provide car club coverage and offer practical solutions to areas desperately in need of smarter mobility.

- Co-Cars South West: This scheme, in association with First Great Western, will create four new car clubs with cars at rail stations in Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Truro and Falmouth. These cars will help provide transport solutions in an area where smarter mobility is greatly needed. This will link together car clubs across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

- Poole: The Poole project will launch a new car club running 4 electric and 1 hybrid vehicles in central Poole. The car club cars will be accessible by Poole smartcards. They will also use the innovative Travelmates scheme which will trial moving cars between designated bays enabling new ways to car share.

- Norfolk: The funding for the successful Norfolk Car Club will enable it to extend the number of cars available and link the car club to more public transport hubs, bike paths and cycle parking. It will also enable the car club booking system to be integrated into the Norfolk County Council Holdall smartcard.

Further details


Carplus statement on Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal

Car clubs and car sharing are highly effective at reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. This is due to a combination of the effects of changes in travel behaviour as a result of people using car clubs as well as the better emissions of car club vehicles compared to private cars.

About 22% of London’s car club fleet of 2,700 are diesels. These are all compliant to either Euro 5 or 6 and none are those involved in VW emissions scandal. In 2014-15, London car club cars emitted 31% less carbon than the average UK car.

All of the main London car club operators are already progressively replacing diesels with low emission petrol or electric vehicles. Based on the current intentions of the main operators, that less than 10% of London’s car club vehicles will be diesels by the end of 2016. This change is motivated by the imperative to contribute to the necessary improvements in air quality in London.


Car clubs: Milestones on the road to shared mobility, 3 November

The Carplus national conference, Car Clubs: Milestones on the road to shared mobility and the Carplus AGM will take place on 3 November, M Shed, Bristol. It promises to be a very busy and positive conference looking at the achievements in projects funded through the Developing Car Clubs England Programme.

Online booking


Carplus: New address

Carplus has moved office. Our new address is:

Kings House
1 King Street

Our phone number remains the same whilst new direct lines are installed. We’ll let you know when we have our new phone system in place.

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