In the UK transport accounts for over 30% of CO2 emissions and is the biggest source of air and noise pollution. Car clubs go some way to enable the use of more sustainable, low carbon forms of transport.
Private car purchase reduces trips by public transport by around 80% for drivers and 50% for non drivers. On average, one car club car results in 10 to 15 private cars being taken off the road compared to when a car is purchased. A recent survey of Co-cars members showed a 25 to 50% increase in usage of other forms of transport such as walking, cycling, bus and train.
Car clubs encourage ‘shared mobility’. People who don’t own a car become more judicious and selective when choosing travel modes. The also perform ‘trip chaining’, which is a more efficient way to move.
For each member, the average reduction in transport CO2 emissions is between 10 and 33% (Carplus Survey, 2016) due to fewer trips and miles travelled as behaviour changes. Detailed research shows car club usage reduces household CO2 by 8% per year (GHG Impacts of Car clubs in the US, 2010).
Co-cars also support lower income groups by enabling them to have access to a car without having to own one, eliminating the hurdle of raising capital or being locked into higher purchase agreements.