The Derwent Valley Car Club has been supporting the green industrial revolution for nearly 8 years. In 2020 it has tripled its electric vehicle fleet, with expansion plans in full swing! The fully electric, car share scheme is environmentally friendly and an integral part of modern mobility for businesses and individuals.
The Government announced on the 18th November a ban, on new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 under the PM’s green plan. This is a part of what the government is calling the green industrial revolution to tackle climate change. One of the 10-point goals is to make the transition to electric vehicles. Electric vehicles have improved over recent years, with better battery range reducing the so-called range anxiety for drivers but they remain expensive to buy. Here at the Derwent Valley car club, we are supporting the shift to electric cars by creating an affordable flexible community car hire club and working with OLEV as part of the Scaling on-street charging infrastructure project (SOSCI).
The Car Club was set up by the Blackhall Mill Community Association, a charitable organisation, 8 years ago to provide a more sustainable transport solution for the community of Blackhall Mill in the North East of England.
Following changes in travel patterns due to Covid-19 and people looking for a cleaner, greener, cheaper alternative to car ownership, the car club may have the perfect solution. Members have all the benefits of their own car without the expense. Based at Blackhall Mill (coming soon to Rowlands Gill, Weardale, and Shotley Bridge), the pay-as-you-go car share scheme is a simple, easy to use car club, which offers members low hourly rates, no mileage fees or limitations, excellent insurance cover, and maintenance costs are taken care of. With an easy to use online booking system, you can book and go whenever and wherever you wish to.
The expansion of the car club into Rowlands Gill Weardale, and Shotley Bridge is part of a larger project funded by Innovate UK, involving 11 partners including Durham County Council, which will install 200 new electric charge points across the North of England. The Car Club development will allow access to electric vehicles for the local community.
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The Derwent Valley Car Club is committed to supporting our community to use sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport. For more information please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/derwentvalleycarclub
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