Increasing the use of car club cars brings major environmental benefits. They significantly reduce the number of cars overall: 45% of long-term car club members in London cut their vehicle ownership on becoming members. Furthermore, car club members drive fewer miles than car owners, and walk and cycle more.
Many car owners do not have the option of being a car club member though: there simply are no local car clubs in their vicinity. To increase the size of the electric car club network and, crucially, to increase its usage, a range of perceived and practical barriers must be addressed:
● The lack of a coherent national policy
● Inconsistent local authority policies: notably regarding access to parking bays
● Insufficient suitable charging infrastructure.