Sidmouth electric car club survey launched

Car share scheme would introduce shared electric cars in the town for residents to book

Car share scheme would introduce shared electric cars in the town for residents to book - Credit: One Voice Media & PR

Sidmouth residents, businesses and community organisations are being asked for their views on establishing a community-led electric car club via a short online survey.

Since the announcement of the Government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, interest in electric cars has surged by 500%. However, they remain too expensive for many people. In addition, one third of households cannot charge a car at home.

The scheme would see shared electric cars introduced in the town, available to book flexibly at a reasonable cost. It would give affordable access to electric cars for everyone whilst supporting the shift to zero carbon transport.

Similar schemes in other towns have helped reduce the area’s congestion, parking and pollution problems as some members are able to get rid of a vehicle and use the car club instead.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member - Highways Management, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Sidmouth’s residents and businesses to have access to a car club. I encourage people to complete the survey, so that we can assess demand for the service.”

Each car will come with additional rapid charging bays, funded by an expansion of the Rapid Charging Exeter project into new locations across Devon. Rapid Charging Exeter, is an Innovate UK funded project which Co Cars is a partner in alongside Devon County Council, Gamma Energy, ZPN and Regen SW.

There's been a surge of interest in shared electric cars and bikes

There's been a surge of interest in shared electric cars and bikes - Credit: S.Ghani

The survey also asks if respondents would be interested in an electric bike share scheme. Because they are electrically assisted, the bikes are a great alternative to the car for many shorter trips including commuting, everyday errands and leisure trips.

Mark Hodgson, Managing Director of Co Cars, said: “Over the last 12 months, we have seen a huge surge of interest in our shared, electric cars and bikes from communities across the region.
“We’re really excited to see if we can bring them to Sidmouth as they would give people access to the latest technology at an affordable price, helping them save money and hassle when compared to owning a car.”

Interest is also being gauged in an electric bike sharing scheme

Interest is also being gauged in an electric bike sharing scheme - Credit: S.Ghani

The survey is available at until May 21.

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