Malvern Hills Car Clubs offers electric car for community car share

Latest edition to the fleet helps the environment by boosting sustainable transport

Malvern Hills Car Clubs, the community car share scheme run by volunteers that serves and locates vehicles in the Malvern, Colwall and Ledbury area announces that it has acquired an electric Renault Zoe and has located it at the Wyche Innovation Centre / Malvern Hills GeoCentre in Upper Colwall.

The Wyche Innovation Centre, operated by Key IQ Ltd, has had an electric vehicle charging point available to visitors and customers of Café H2O since summer of 2015. This facility enables an all-electric car to be added to the Clubs’ car pool, because it can be easily charged when not in use and is in an accessible location for use by the its members. The location is particularly suited to those members living or working in Upper Colwall, Wyche and West Malvern areas.

The scheme aims to reduce the need for individual car ownership, as people that have the occasional need for a car (or second car) can join the club and pay for use at cost effective rates when transport is needed. This approach offers flexible car usage without the hassle and big costs of ownership like insurance, maintenance and deprecation. Another interesting development is residents, who do mainly local journeys, can buy a lower range (much cheaper 2nd hand) electric car and use a car club car petrol car for their occasional long journeys. A great way of getting into electric cars.

Robin Coates, one of the four founder Members of the Malvern Hills Car Clubs explains “we now have two electric cars in our fleet of 18 vehicles for 145 household members to use. Membership consists of a one-off £20 joining fee and then a £7.50 monthly fee per household. For the cars, members then pay £3 per hour for the first 4 hours of use with lower rates for longer periods. Members use vehicles for as little as 15 mins and up to 3 weeks at a time, booking on the web immediately before use or way ahead. The mileage rate is varied each month based on the cost of electricity, but is currently 12p. With 14 petrol 5 door cars and a 7-seater and a 4×4 pickup members can choose the car to suit their needs for the particular journey or the closest one.”

Full details of the different cars, their associated charges and locations, and how the club works are available on the website: https://malvernhills-carclubs.org.uk/

Dr Adrian Burden, Technical Director at Key IQ states “we are really pleased that the Malvern Hills Car Clubs are locating an electric vehicle at our Centre. The use of electric vehicles as a mode of transport will greatly increase in the near future, as will the role of community-focused car share schemes that this club is pioneering. If you haven’t driven an EV before, why not join the club and try it out!”

The Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, Sustainability Development Fund has made a top up grant contribution making it possible for the Club to buy the car.