Case cities

The project will investigate these changes through a series of case studies in four European countries - the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway- where new arrangements for car sharing are available.

To understand the interest and views of the stakeholders and policy makers, workshops will be held in all four countries countries. In depth studies of households are combinedd with a household survey.

Finally a cross-national delfi-study is utilized to develop scenarios, make estimation of potential future uptake of car-sharing, and its impact on energy use for hoseholds and the entire transport sector.

The work is organized through a close collaboration between leading experts on transport-innovations in the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Information about this will be updated throughout the project.

London

In the United Kingdom, there has been substantial growth in membership of car sharing schemes or ‘car clubs’, as they are more commonly known. Over the last 10 years, membership has increased by 765% from 32,000 in 2007/8 to over 245,000 in 2016/17 (Carplus 2017). Much of this growth can be attributed to developments in London. Currently, approximately 80% of the users (n=193,500) and 75% (n=3000) of the 4000 car club vehicles in the UK are in London (Carplus 2017). Despite this growth, car clubs still only account for a small share of all of the overall trips (0.1%) in London (Akyelken et al. 2013).

The emergence of car clubs within London needs to be understood in the context of a number of developments. First, the car club marketplace has been characterised by conglomeration with existing companies and clubs buying up smaller clubs in order to create larger networks and selling out to more established transnational car club or car rental companies.

Second, and relatedly, through these mergers and take-overs as well as other initiatives led by transnational corporations in other sectors, the marketplace has become increasingly internationalised.

Third, business to customers (B2C) is the most dominant business model with some business to business (B2B) being operated typically by the same operators. There are currently relatively few organisations operating peer to peer (P2P) business models.

Fourth, the Car Club Coalition was established in 2014 which represents car club operators, London boroughs and councils, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London (TfL), The BVRLA and other key stakeholders. The Coalition has developed a  Car Club Strategy for the city which identifies the necessary actions to achieve the target of one million car club members in London by 2025. 

There has been some research conducted on car clubs in London. Carplus has run an annual survey of users and operators since 2007. Meanwhile, the SPREE (Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy) project used London as a case study to explore the potential for a shift from car ownership to more service-based mobility concentrating on car and bike-sharing (Akyelken and Anderton, 2015). Both of these research initiatives have not yet examined the extent and nature of peer-to-peer car club schemes within London. The TEMPEST case study will redress this issue as well as providing a better understanding of how London’s context and policies have shaped the development and use of car club schemes within the city.

References

Akyelken, N., Anderton, K., Plepys, A., Mont, O., & Kaufman, D. (2013). Mobility sector report. Deliverable 5.1 of SPREE – Funded by The European Commission 7th RTD Programme. Oxford, UK: SPREE (Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy). Available at: http://spreeproject.com.

Akyelken, N., & Anderton, K. (2015). SPREE country feasibility study report. Mobility sector in the UK. Deliverable 7.1.4 of SPREE – Funded by The European Commission 7th RTD Programme. Oxford, UK: SPREE (Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy). Available at: http://spreeproject.com.

Carplus. (2017). Car clubs: Improving air quality in London. Leeds: Carplus Bikeplus. Available at: https://www.carplus.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Carplus-Infographics-2017-London-AW.pdf.

 

      

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