Pay-as-you-go van hire
Hire a van for as little or long as you need - pay by the hour
Pick up and drop off at any time of the day or night, from a street near you
Part of the larger Co-wheels car club pay-as-you-go car hire scheme.
Hire charges & how it works
You can hire a van for any period over 30mins, with discounts for overnight or any 24 hr booking. You pick up and return the van from its dedicated parking bay. There's no need to pick up keys as you can book the van online and access it with a smartcard.
Insurance and fuel are included in the hire charge - you only pay for the hire period, plus a small mileage cost for non-electric vans.
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Becoming a member is easy
Just complete the on-line registration form, all you need is a bank card. When it is convenient, set up your Driver profile online using your driving licence and National Insurance number - overseas licences can be validated by post. A member of our customer services team will contact you to complete the process so we can get you motoring as fast as we can.
We have sent a copy of your Promo Code by email in case you want to use it later. If you want to know more before joining you can read our FAQs.
Co-wheels is at the forefront of electric vehicle provision in car clubs across the country.
Easy to drive, automatic, smooth and silent, our electric vehicles (EVs) are proving popular with all members. We are even pioneering the first Hydrogen powered shared vehicles in the UK in Aberdeen.
Why choose Electric?
Electric vehicles represent the best environmental choice for new cars for many reasons:
- Improved air quality – there are no emissions at all at the point of driving, delivering a significant benefit to city centre pollution levels, including NOx and particulates, as well as CO2.
- No noise – at speeds under 15mph the cars are almost silent (at higher speeds the noise comes from the wheel resistance), creating a more pleasant local neighborhood.
- Fun, quick and easy to drive – the EVs are automatic, are very responsive and quick off the mark.
- No mileage costs – making your Co-wheels booking even cheaper.
- Lower impact option – EVs are over 40% more efficient than standard petrol and diesel cars, when looking at 'well to wheel' and life cycle analysis.
How do I use them?
- The EVs are booked on the Co-wheels system, just like all our vehicles.
- Instead of a fuel card, there is a card giving you access to the charging point. Just use this to retrieve the charging lead, put it in the boot, and you are ready to drive off.
- All of the cars clearly display how many miles you can complete on the trip.
- At the end of the booking, use the charging card to access the charging point, plug the car in, and lock it up with your Co-wheels smart card, as you would with all Co-wheels cars.
- All of the vehicles have information sheets in them, with detailed instructions, just in case!
- See our vehicle guides in the sidebar.
What about recharging?
- All of the Co-wheels EVs are parked in bays with dedicated charging posts. Please note that these charge posts are not operated by Co-wheels - if you encounter any issues, a dedicated helpline is printed on the units themselves.
- The access card is in the on-board computer (where the fuel card can usually be found). The charging lead is in the boot.
- Cars typically take about 4 hours to recharge completely, but some will be a bit quicker, some a bit slower.
- Please put the car back on charge at the end of every booking – ready for the next member!
- There are more and more public charging points popping up across the UK – find your nearest one on Zap-Map. The map also shows which access card you need – most of them will be accessible free of charge.
- Many of the EVs have charging cables ending in a 3 pin plug. Please do not charge these cars at home, and just use the public charging network or dedicated EV charging points only.
Ecotricity operate the Electric Highway - a network of rapid chargers in service stations and IKEA stores on major trunk roads across the UK. Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF cars can use these charge points, but please plan your journey accordingly if you do not wish to pay to recharge (cost not covered). To charge:
- Download the Electric Highway app
- Register for an account (free), and register your debit card
- Pay per charge - £6 for 30mins, which will charge an empty tank to 80%.
In Aberdeen we are pioneering public hire of zero emission Toyota Mirai Hydrogen powered cars. These have a fuel cell instead of an engine which converts hydrogen gas into electricity to run electric motors powering the car, so the only emission is water vapour.
The Mirai, winner of the World Car Awards’ green car of the year, allows long-distance emission free motoring with a range of about 300 miles. The cars, which are all right-hand drive, will be stationed at Gallowgate Car Park and East Craibstone Street.
Aberdeen has two hydrogen refuelling stations, at Kittybrewster and Cove, to support the growing fleet of cars, buses, and commercial vehicles operating in the city as part of the innovative programme.
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.
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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