John Waddup, car club supremo, inspects
How does it work?
WE have three Nissan Leaf pure electric cars that are shared by three group of different sizes. In Newport/Cilgwyn
we have 20 odd members (they are not odd, just the number) and five to eight of them use the car in any one month, mostly daily, sometimes several times a day with different users.
to power them with renewables as far as possible. One of the cars is almost purely fed by a hydro generator (little one) at night when there is no-one else useing the power. By turning off refridgeration and the electric fence at night when there is no load
on them, the power is all available for the car, so the fuel is virtually free. And its using the surplus. Nifty. We could have more little hydro generators all over Wales, modest enough not to upset the fish. But the usual regulatory barriers are driving
engineers out of business. Its a shame.
Details of how ours works:
Join fee is £40, then its £1 an hour and
10p mile or £20 a month and just the mileage, or £10 a week covering both. The user is chooser.
With many users per car, they book online. This helps lift sharing and negotiated
shares because destination is usually visible, and the priority level high, medium or low.
Charging EV (electric vehicles)
can be from your domestic plug, or anyone can get a charge point installed free at their home (while funds last). Get in touch for one (vicky at ecocymru.org)
The charge points are faster
than the plug. County councils can get free rapid charge points free just now from Nissan, these take more like 15 mins! The others take hours.
The media were very excited about the car club's
arrival, it was the news on BBC Wales and ITV Wales.