Pioneering zero carbon community carshare
Talybont Energy has purchased two community 'green' cars which represent different sustainable transport alternatives: electric and biodiesel.
They say : In a rural area like ours, car travel can account for around 1/3 of the 10 tonnes of carbon we generate per person per year. To address this, the project will explore (a) cars which use alternative
sources of energy and (b) the feasibility of a community car share scheme.
The project starts with 11 volunteer households who have signed up to try to use the zero carbon cars to replace 10% of their own car journeys and to explore how sharing cars might work. If the project is successful, then we expect it to evolve into a fully-fledged community car club in 2011 involving a larger set of community members. As far as we know, this is the first such rural trial (involving zero carbon vehicles) and we will be recording and publicising the groups' experiences.
The project will also evaluate the different infrastructural challenges and economics of 2 different sustainable transport alternatives - electric and biodiesel. Neither offers a single solution for all future transport needs but both might provide parts of an overall solution.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the project will challenge our outlook and habits in regards to personal car use and dependence on fossil fuels.
More info at http://www.talybontenergy.co.uk/