Dundee City Council considers expanding electric car club

The number of pay-as-you-drive electric cars on the streets of Dundee could charge ahead if councillors give it the green light.

Cash from TACTRAN and Transport Scotland would buy the vehicles and infrastructure for use in a car club to boost mobility and the options for fuel efficient ways of getting around.

The plan is to make vehicles available for hire on an hourly or daily basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vehicles will be parked in dedicated and clearly marked parking spaces close to homes and workplaces where members can access them via smartcard or key, held in a key safe.

All of the costs of owning and operating the vehicles, including insurance, tax, fuel, cleaning and servicing are covered via an annual charge to members.

Councillor Will Dawson, convener of the council’s city development committee, said: “With £100,000 on the table from TACTRAN and funding from Transport Scotland’s Developing Car Clubs Scotland programme, we wanted to take the opportunity to secure all of the benefits that such a scheme would bring to the city.”

To hire a car, participants would pay an hourly charge, typically between £3 and £5, and a mileage charge, usually around 15-20p per mile, for non-electric vehicles to cover fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

The current small-scale car club in Dundee was launched in March 2012 and is operated by the not-for-profit car club operator Co-wheels.

It is hoped the scheme will grow to have around 500 active members over a three-year period.

The city development committee, which meets on Monday, will be asked to agree to the creation of a business plan with the appointed car club operator to expand operations in Dundee in partnership with the Transport Scotland-funded Developing Car Clubs in Scotland Programme.

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