Have you ever needed to use a car for just a few hours or day? Maybe you have a second car that isn’t used much but costs a bomb to get through the MOT every year? In fact, simply owning a car costs around £3,000 per year in terms of running costs and depreciation – and all for something that doesn’t even move 95% of the time.
That’s why Co Cars are talking about bringing shared, electric cars to the Salisbury area. Co Cars is a not-for-profit cooperative social enterprise that already has two cars in Salisbury alongside a network of shared, low and zero-emission cars across the rest of the South West. The company also runs the Co Bikes electric bike sharing scheme.
As a Co Cars member, you can book any car in their network from a few minutes to a few days for an all-inclusive price (plus mileage). The cost covers fuel / recharging*, insurance, tax and roadside assistance. Furthermore, each shared car club car also helps remove 8.5 private cars from the road, reducing the pressure on car parking spaces as well as helping our environment by tackling congestion and pollution.
Co Bikes are a great alternative to the car for many shorter trips including commuting, everyday errands and leisure trips. Plus, because they are electrically assisted, you can zip along and tackle hills, all without breaking a sweat!
In addition, Wiltshire Council wants to understand if residents would like to see secure, on street bike hangars for people who can’t store their bikes at home or work.
To help us gauge interest, please take a couple of minutes to complete the short survey https://bit.ly/ElectricSalisbury.
*At the dedicated charger at the car club bay only.
How does Co Cars work?
- Join Become a Co Cars member by filling out our online application form.
- Book Make and manage all your bookings using our app.
- Unlock Find your car and unlock it using your personal smartcard.
- Drive Enjoy your trip!
How much does it cost?
Residential membership is £30 per year for one person and £40 for two people. Electric car hire starts from £5.75/hr or £43/day (+4p per mile). This covers insurance, tax, maintenance, and roadside assist. There are no hidden extras.
How does Co Bikes work?
- Register Via the nextbike app. Search ‘nextbike’ in your app store.
- Rent Scan the bike’s QR code or enter the bike number. The lock will open automatically.
- Return End your rental at the Co Bikes station. Dock securely and press down the frame lock. Listen for the beep and refresh the app to confirm the hire has ended.
How much does it cost?
Co Bikes can be rented from as little as £3 per hour when you buy a BikeRider minutes bundle. With many station to station city trips taking 10 minutes or less, this means you only pay around 30p per trip. Pay as your ride is £1.50 per 15 mins*. A £10 credit deposit is taken when you first join which pays for your first trips.