Co-cars ‘hire by the hour’ Car Club launches in Cranbrook

Posted on: 4 November 2016

Co-cars, the South West’s fast-growing hire by the hour car club, officially launched its first car in the new community of Cranbrook today, Friday 4th November 2016 outside the Younghayes Centre.

The Cranbrook car club has been funded jointly by the Cranbrook consortium of developers, Devon County Council and Co-cars.

Co-cars offers its cars for hire to members, by the hour, with pick-up and return to the specially-reserved parking bays. Members can book 24/7 online or via a smartphone and use a smartcard and PIN to open the car.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“We have been working hard to improve sustainable transport options in Exeter, so I am

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

delighted that Co-cars is now extending to include Cranbrook.

“This new car will complement the variety of transport options available to the east of the city, and will help cut road congestion, reduce the impact of car emissions and save residents money, which is excellent news.

“Co-Cars has played an important role in encouraging commuters to explore alternative travel arrangements, and I’m pleased that many people have already become members and are reaping the benefits.”

Mark Hodgson, founder and managing director of Co-cars, said:

“We are very pleased to be extending the network of the car club into Cranbrook and giving residents access to cars across our network as well. We focus on supporting the shift from owning to sharing, so members can focus on their life and having a great journey.

“It is very affordable, too. Each hire costs from just £3.75 per hour or from £25 for a 24 hour period plus 15p per mile. Fuel, insurance, tax, maintenance and emergency cover are all included so there are no hidden costs. All this for only £25 per household membership (for two adults). It’s convenient, clever, and once you ‘Co-car it’, you won’t look back. You’ll save a surprising amount of money – up to £3,500 per year for the average household. That goes a long way towards funding a family holiday.”

Mike Owen, New Community Partners Consortium said:

“On behalf of the developers Consortium, we are delighted to support yet another travel option for Cranbrook.

“Co-cars is the latest addition to the package of sustainable travel choices for people living and working in Cranbrook.  Journeys made by train, bus, cycle, walking and now with a Co-car all help to reduce traffic on Cranbrook roads, as well as saving on carbon emissions.”

Cllr Kevin Blakey, Chairman of Cranbrook Town Council said:

“The availability of a Co-car in Cranbrook is another step forward for our new town. The club provides another low cost transport option for those travelling to or from the town, and membership of the scheme also allows people to use these cars in many other locations across the region. A 2 hour, 10 mile round trip costs only £9.00 including the insurance, tax and fuel, so for those without their own car, it’s an affordable, hassle-free and eco-friendly alternative to the bus, train or a taxi, particularly for a family group. I hope that this facility will become a great success and that it won’t be long before we have more Co-car locations in Cranbrook.”

For further information on Co-cars visit this link.

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