Existing and emerging models
Pay by the hour car clubs, sometimes known as car sharing allows individuals and businesses to have access to a personal vehicle without being tied to ownership. By offering low carbon, flexible use vehicles with potential to integrate into wider mobility systems, car clubs are a key component for future sustainable transport solutions.
Shared car models
New ways of running shared cars are emerging across the UK. These new models have mostly been pioneered in Western Europe or North America. Car clubs started with informal car clubs and in 1999 with formal commercial car clubs charging by the hour and by distance. Formal, commercial car clubs started in the UK in 1999 charging by the hour and by distance.
Standard or back to base
In the standard model, you book the car, drive it and then return it to the same location. This provides easy, affordable access to vehicles 24/7. The following are some of the variations on the classic version of the car club:
Peer-to-peer car-sharing enables people with underused vehicles to offer them for rent to their neighbours and other members of the local area. The service provider needs to establish insurance cover for its members. It takes a modest commission for arranging the hire and providing cover.
Car clubs are a key component for future sustainable transport solutions.
One-way car sharing
One-way car-sharing is just starting in the UK. It enables members to pick up a car from within a pre-defined zone and drop it off anywhere else within the zone, using approved on-street parking spaces (often pay and display bays). Charges are inclusive of fuel and parking and are for time only (by the minute or hour).
The leading operators are now established in over 20 world cities. In Berlin both main operators have several hundred cars each. In Hanover Germany, the back to base traditional car club (Stadt Mobil Carsharing), has developed a 30 car one-way model within a zone in the city.
One operator, car2go, has started using EVs in two locations, including Amsterdam. Over 100 Citroen EVs have been introduced in a one-way scheme in Berlin run by DB Rent GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG.
Car clubs provide easy and affordable access to vehicles 24/7. Just book, drive and return the car.
Book a car online or by phone, weeks ahead or with just a few minutes’ notice, for anything from an hour to a weekend. Whatever works for you.
Unlock a car in your neighbourhood, parked in a designated parking bay. It’s clean and ready to go. Just swipe your smart card, get the keys from the car, and off you go.
Drive for as long as you’ve booked it for (anything from an hour to a weekend or more) for an hourly rate from as little as £3.50. When you’ve finished, just return your car to the same location.
It’s easy. Payment is taken from your account. You get a breakdown by email or text message. No forms, no fuss.
CoMoUK itself is not a car club. We provide information about car clubs around the UK and support developing car clubs.