Moray Carshare is a community-based car club, owned by its members and constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO registration number: SC047744), regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
We currently have over 200 members, and we share 14 cars, 10 electric bicycles, a trailer and a camper van kit. The cars and bikes are placed at different locations in and around Forres, Findhorn, Kinloss, Aberlour and Craigellachie in Morayshire in the north-east of Scotland.
Our vision is a world in which everyone has access to affordable and environmentally friendly travel options in a manner that builds community and trust.
Our method is to explore what we can we achieve when we pool our resources into a holistic enterprise that is designed to serve the whole rather than to make a profit for a group of individuals. In addition, we try to employ technology in a way that both meets the needs of the individual and that also serves the greater good of our human society and of our planet as a whole.
Currently, our primary aims are:
1. Quality of Life & Social Inclusion – to provide affordable and convenient access to motorised vehicles: we aim to save members money and to make the convenience of using a car available to those who might not be able to afford a car of their own.
2. Caring for the Environment – to encourage the use of transport options with the lowest environmental impact:
- by only using zero or low emissions vehicles
- by charging for every journey in our cars we encourage members to consider other transport options, e.g. walking, cycling and public transport
- Our electric cars are charged from 100% renewable sources.
3. Community Cohesion – members experience the benefits of sharing resources in a spirit of cooperation: e.g. it can create a sense of community and even spark new friendships.
Other benefits include:
- Members have access to a wide variety of vehicles: members can pick the car that is most suitable for the trip in question. For example, we have a large Multi Purpose Vehicle that is useful for transporting large loads, and can also be used with our trailer or with our camper van kit.
- Community jobs: 1 full-time and 3 part-time staff;
- Reduce the number of cars on our streets, and thereby reduce the pressure on parking spaces and create a safer, more beautiful living environment.
Our History and Our Funders
We were founded in October 2007 with 15 members and 3 cars. We were inspired by the Woodhead Community carpool. From 2013 onwards we have gratefully received various grants to help us expand and improve our services. This has included several grants from Transport Scotland’s Developing Car Clubs Scotland programme, which enabled us to buy our first electric cars in the beginning of 2014.
Community car clubs are an ideal way to introduce electric cars, as they can be used for shorter journeys, while petrol or diesel cars can still be used for longer journeys.
Our most recent grants from Moray LEADER and HiTrans have part-financed a project called “Low-carbon expansion of car and bike sharing in Moray”, whose main activities have been:
- The reduction of CO2 emissions in Forres and Findhorn by the introduction of 2 Renault Zoe pure electric vehicles that are charged from 99% renewable electricity sources, and thus have almost zero CO2 emissions. These cars, which have a range of about 150 miles, have proved very popular with our members, and are clocking up more miles than many of our petrol cars.
- The provision of 2 new charge points funded by the Energy Saving Trust (Scotland) in Forres and Fondhorn, which are being used both to charge our own vehicles and those of the general public.
- The provision of 12 electric bikes for use in Forres, Findhorn, Aberlour and Craigellachie. The first 4 bikes which have been operating for the last 6 months show good levels of uptake, and very enthusiastic feedback from users. They are both being used as an alternative to taking a car and for practical and recreational outings that users would otherwise find to arduous to undertake. Studies have shown that cycling on electric bikes benefits both physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being.
- The provision of car and bike-sharing services in Aberlour and Craigellachie, which are small rural communities with limited transport options. This is part of a collaboration project with Moray Council, who have set up the necessary infrastructure for the car and 4 of our electric bikes, as elements of a low carbon transport hub. It is hoped that these facilities will provide sustainable, affordable and flexible transport options for those who most need them. Moray Council’s project also includes major maintenance and upgrades to the Speyside Way, so it once again is attractive route for walking and cycling, as well as one rapid charge point for use by the general public (hereunder visitors to the area) and another one for use by an experimental electric bus service.
- The development of a more comprehensive and modern marketing campaign, including this website, a Facebook presence, large display boards, adverts in local publications, posters and leaflets.
This project originally included an expansion of our car and e-bike hire services into Elgin. However, this part had to be cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
This website is part-financed by Hi-Trans, The Scottish Government and the European Union 2014-2020 LEADER fund.