Co Cars named in Department for Transport report calling for local authorities to support car clubs
Co Cars has been included as a case study in the Department for Transport toolkit on Car Clubs. Named alongside Rapid Charging Devon, the on-street charging project, the toolkit and the report which preceded it recognises the pivotal role Car Clubs play in removing barriers to electric vehicle usage.
The report concluded with a number of reasons to support of increasing the number of car clubs in the UK and the number of shared electric cars:
- Increasing the number of car club cars in the UK is both a huge opportunity to decarbonise and an under-utilised one at present.
- Increasing the number of shared electric cars will decrease the number of cars overall and bring environmental benefits through avoided greenhouse emissions.
- Increasing car club use has health benefits for individual users, who increase their activity levels by walking and cycling alongside their car club membership.
- The low membership costs of car clubs democratises electrical vehicle usage.
The report calls on local authorities and developers to consider how they can increase car club coverage in their areas, helping to deliver against their objectives to achieve net zero targets, improve air quality and vehicle occupancy rates, reduce parking pressures and congestion, and to offer a sustainable transport option that works alongside other public transport provision.