During our mission to get car clubs established across the country, we have been able to develop a number of different schemes which are heavily influenced by local partners and residents. Therefore, if you are keen to see Co-wheels where you live or work, there is a solution to fit.
Our vision is to develop a network of Co-wheels community car clubs which are accessible to as many people as possible. So what are you waiting for, get in touch!
Member car scheme
Our Member Car Scheme offers members and potential members the opportunity to convert their car into a Co-wheels car. This has proven to be a great way of starting new car clubs and expand existing fleets.
How it works
You remain the owner of the car, but you agree to put your car into the Co-wheels fleet for other members to use. From the point you do this, Co-wheels will cover all maintenance, servicing, tax, insurance and will regularly clean and check the car.
You will receive a healthy allowance of ‘free use’ of your own car or any car in our fleet. So the benefits are you stop spending money on your car; you have access to Co-wheels cars across the UK and you are helping to develop the car club in your area!
We are pretty flexible on cars we accept. Generally though, we are looking for cars five years and under. We do a full mechanical check of the car before it enters the scheme.
To offer your car or to find our more, please contact us.
Co-wheels Social Franchise
A Community Resource. An Environmental Travel Choice. A Business Opportunity.
As a social enterprise, Co-wheels is very keen to see the network grow and need local partners to help with this process. Locally managed, community based car club schemes operating under licence within the Co-wheels family will be provided with the resources required to set up and operate a scheme themselves.
We run franchise operations in a range of locations from small villages (eg Ashton Hayes) to larger towns (e.g. Swindon). We are by far the largest and the fastest growing not-for-profit car club operator in the country.
What do we offer?
Basically we can make available a full range of resources to set up and operate a car club. We will provide ongoing support to enable the scheme to grow effectively and sustainably.
- Co-wheels Franchise Manual
- Software and systems
- Car Park Advice
- Launch and Promotion Package
- Branded Stationery
- Booking website
- Billing and collections
- Vehicle Insurance
- Member processing including driving licence checks
- 24/7 emergency helpline for members
- Fuel cards
- Marketing support for potential business and residential members
- Support for negotiating with developers setting up car clubs.
What do you need?
The local partner will usually need to source their own vehicles, whether these are owned, leased or borrowed from within the local community. Co-wheels can provide some assistance is securing vehicles. You will also need enthusiasm for the concept, commitment to the project and some start up funding. You will need sufficient finance to cover the initial outlay to establish the scheme.
What does it cost?
The tariff is set as low as possible to cover costs. Successful schemes pay more to help support growth of the wider network. Please get in touch for up to date prices or for more information by clicking here.
Co-wheels can provide fleet management solutions for organisations and businesses in the private sector, enabling a unique interaction between travel modes.
The system gives users options for planning business activity. In particular, it encourages active travel and lessens the need for commuting by car. The use of telematic technology allows fleet resources to be shared between corporate travel, private use by staff members and the general public.
|Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust||North Bristol NHS Trust||Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust|
|Rotherham, Doncaster, and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust||Sirona Care & Health (St Martin's Hospital)|
Social Care Providers
|Bristol Community Health||Second Step||Turning Point|
|Barratt Homes||GreenSquare||HAB Housing|
|Aberdeen City Council||Bath & North East Somerset Council||Bristol City Council|
|Cumbria County Council||Dumfries & Galloway Council||Durham County Council|
|Salford City Council|
|Abertay University||Bournemouth University||Bucks New University|
|Newcastle University||Oxford Brookes University||University of Cumbria|
|University of Dundee||University of the West of England|
|Avon Fire & Rescue|
Co-wheels is the only independently-owned national car club, providing low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis for organisations and communities across the UK.
Operating as a Social Enterprise
Trading as a social enterprise means a commitment to improve society and environment. Our primary focus is to help our members to save money, reduce car ownership and create a cleaner environment by making lower impact transport options available to everyone. Because Co-wheels is a Community Interest Company, we reinvest profit into our operations to expand and improve the service.
|The Social Enterprise Mark shows that we are annually and impartially assessed against transparent criteria for social enterprise, all upheld by the independent Certification Panel.|
Community Car Club Network
Co-wheels now delivers car clubs in over 60 locations across the UK. We have a diverse range of operations, from city centres to villages. Some of our car clubs are used by local authorities and universities as pool cars for staff, whilst others focus entirely on being shared cars for local residents. We encourage local ownership of our operations which are sometimes run as community car clubs or as one of our social franchises.
|We are accredited by CoMoUK, for further information check their website at their website.|
The Co-wheels team look to create opportunities for innovative projects:
Continually seeking ways to partner with local and national transport operators to integrate our services.
Introducing electric vehicles wherever possible; ensuring they are accessible and appealing by introducing a zero mileage fee.
We are pioneering electric bike hire for employees, with our public access e-bike hire scheme in Bristol.
We are the first and only car club to introduce Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles into our fleet.
Social and environmental impact
Measuring our impact is important for internal bench marketing, and to demonstrate our impact on society and planet to our partners and investors. Co-wheels produces an annual Impact Report which outlines what we have achieved.
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Co-wheels works with universities across the UK to bring smarter car access to students, staff and their local communities.
A Co-wheels car on campus can:
- Encourage staff to commute sustainably by bicycle, walking, or public transport
- Reduce car parking pressure
- Allow facilities and estates teams quick and easy access to transport
- Promote greener travel choices and students and staff
- Simplify and reduce mileage claims
- Eliminate the hassle of pool car management
Co-wheels allows students the freedom of car travel without the hassle of car ownership. We have low hire rates and an excellent insurance policy to enable smarter journeys away from home. To qualify for student membership, you just need to have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 12 months - there's no joining fee, and you'll receive £10 of driving credit when you join. Co-wheels terms and conditions are much more favourable for young people than other car clubs so we can offer a great service to students.
To find out more, please visit our Students page.
Universities are at the cutting edge of education and innovation, and electric vehicles are being increasingly recognised as part of a low-carbon future.
We are working with several universities to provide affordable, pay-as-you-go car hire in convenient, easy-to-access locations for local communities.
Co-wheels has implemented a large number of car club services linked to residential developments.
Co-wheels has the largest geographical spread of the UK car club operators which gives us experience of working in variety of settings. The Co-wheels team works in partnership with:
- Property Developers
- Housing Associations
- Local Authorities
We find solutions to meet planning obligations relating to Section 106 and support location travel plans. Having a car club is a very attractive incentive for many people today who do not own their own personal car. This is especially true when marketing properties with limited or costly private parking for residents.
We offer a bespoke package to each Developer to fit the specific requirements of the site. Our service will establish the best locations, car types and promotional activity to ensure the car club is a success. Having 60+ operations across the UK increases the opportunities for linking residential schemes to community car clubs and for establishing local partnerships.
Our social enterprise status makes us an ideal partner for housing associations and community housing schemes. We can also provide a community franchise service to support local initiatives.
Co-wheels has developed a specialist telematic fleet management service for local authorities
Over 20 local authorities now use the Co-wheels service as an alternative to grey fleet for delivering services. The Co-wheels solution provides a flexible approach to meet the needs of the organisation.
- Fleet Management System - telematic unit, software system and helpdesk only
- Intermediate Fleet Management Service - as above with fuel card and insurance provided
- Full Fleet Management Service - car, insurance, fuel, servicing, telematic unit & software provided
The system provided by Co-wheels allows fleet cars to be accessed and managed remotely. There is no staff time needed to allocate keys or collate information. Detailed reports of use are provided which allow organisations to manage staff travel effectively. The system allows vehicle resources to be used to maximum efficiency.
Large fleet - Maximum benefits
Recent contracts with Cumbria County Council and Durham County Council have transferred large local authority pool car fleets on to the Co-wheels telematic management system.
A report conducted for Aberdeen City Council by the Energy Saving Trust concluded that the use of the Co-wheels service resulted in an annual saving of £40k and helped introduce electric cars to the city (see below).