Have you ever needed to use a car for just a few hours or a day? Maybe you have a second car that isn’t used much but costs a bomb to get through the MOT every year? In fact, simply owning a car costs around £3,000 per year in terms of running costs and depreciation – and all for something that doesn’t even move 95% of the time.
That’s why Co Cars are talking about bringing shared, electric cars to Mere. Co Cars is a not-for-profit cooperative social enterprise that already successfully runs a network of shared, low and zero-emission cars across the South West. The company also runs the Co Bikes electric bike sharing scheme.
As a Co Cars member, you can book any car in their network from as little as half an hour for an all-inclusive price. Their Band 4 small electric cars cost £5.50/hour or £40/day which includes insurance, tax, maintenance and roadside assist1. There would be a small mileage charge of 4p per mile.
The cars would each come with a dedicated charge point, with the cost of charging included in the hire2. Public charging would also be available, helping locals make the switch to electric cars whilst giving people travelling on the A303 a reason to stop and spend time in our town.
Electric car share is a great way to save the time, money and hassle spent on maintaining a private car, particularly a little used second car. It would help supplement our limited public transport options, benefit those who cannot afford to run their own cars and help to reduce our carbon footprint as each shared car club car removes, on average, 9 private cars from the road.
Are you a Mere resident. Interested? Then please complete this short survey https://bit.ly/ElectricMere which will be live until 25th Feb 2022.
1Pricing correct as of December 2021. Liable to change without further notice.
2If you use our dedicated charge point, there are no charging costs to pay. However, if you need to recharge at any other charge point, you are responsible for the cost.