Transport of de light, and other renewables

A welcome for the Nissan Leaf in Newport Pembs


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.

We seek 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

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.





vicky moller showing where to charge the car

EV - electric vehicles Green or Grey area?

There are arguments both ways for the greenness of electric vehicles if they use dirty ie fossil fuels to make the electricity.

The manufacturing of lithium ion batteries is also very energy intensive as it takes a huge ammount of earth to get the lithium, and a lot of energy intensive refinement to get it to the required purity, and lithium is not an infinite or even very common resource.

So new battery materials are  being sought.

And to add complications EV are currently expensive to buy, and not cheap enough to lease.

However if fuelled by renewables, and especially surplus renewable production their green credentials are hard to dispute.

If you ballpark say that half the energy is in the car production and the other half in the fuel, then the longer you use it or/and the more people share to reduce surpslus cars on the road, that's half the energy costs slashed.

Then fuel with renewables and the other half is taken care of.



Car clubs for all

The next goal is to spread the model so more people can have clubs like this.

All that is needed is neighbours into sharing a vehicle.

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Have you or can you suggest any use for rosettes awarded at the agricultural shows please?

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Is there an local organisation in SouthWest Wales for smallholders and allotment holders to sell excess produce from their holding for income?

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