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Car club vehicles emit 30% less CO2 than average car in UK parc

The annual survey from environmental transport charity Carplus finds that there are 186,000 car club members in London, using 2,800 cars and reducing their annual mileage by an average of 750 miles, saving time, money and the environment. The total reduced mileage for London car club members alone is over 100 million miles.

Each car club car replaces over 10 privately owned vehicles, freeing up space on congested streets. As a result, there are 25,000 fewer cars on London's roads as a result of car club members selling private vehicles. Together they would cover 50 football pitches.

Outside London, there are over 220,000 car club members with over 3,800 vehicles across the UK. These car club vehicles are cleaner and greener than the average car in the national fleet – emitting 30% less CO2. Across the UK, car clubs are reducing CO2 emissions by 50,000 tonnes.

The survey also shows that car club members are generally early adopters, almost all have smartphones and over 50% of them access transport apps on a daily basis. The increase in car club use alongside public transport, taxis and cycling is becoming more pronounced as services grow and diversify.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.