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Who’s ready to get out of the city for a fun day out this Bank Holiday weekend? With a whole 3 days off there’s more than enough time to spend an afternoon in Bath, explore Yatton, jet off to Somerset, and more. This week we’ve teamed up with Yuup to make planning your Bank Holiday adventure out of the city a breeze...
May 20, 2021
This Monday (17 May) saw the UK take its next big step in the move away from lockdown restrictions. Groups of up to 30 people are now allowed to meet outdoors, and the Rule of 6 is back in effect for indoor gatherings. More businesses were given the go-ahead to reopen, including the hospitality sector, entertainment venues, hotels and hostels and indoor exercise classes. With so many beloved places finally allowed to reopen, we have compiled a list of our favourite destinations and activities to make the most of beautiful Bristol under the new Covid guidelines.
May 6, 2021
With international travel still looking uncertain in the coming months, you may be considering a staycation nearby or road trip to some of the most iconic destinations in the UK. From camping in Cornwall to hiking in the Scottish Highlands, If you’re staying on British soil this summer and are looking for the most sustainable way to get from A to B to C, then you’ve come to the right place.
April 27, 2021
Hilary is a Royal Mail postal worker living in St Pauls, Bristol. She has been renting out her Citroen Berlingo to members of her community with the help of Karshare. Hilary describes her vehicle as “neither a van nor a car” – a perfectly sized 5-seater that has been a handy mode of transport for her three children and her dog, Bruce. When she first got it, she envisioned herself “packing up the bikes and the family and going for weekends away” but since Covid, her plans have changed. “I don’t use my car for commuting", she told Karshare. "I cycle or walk instead, I get ASDA deliveries so I don’t need to go to the shops and I wouldn’t dream of using my car to drive into town. If I was faced with the choice today, I probably wouldn’t have bought a car – I would just rent one instead.”
April 21, 2021
If you come here often, you’ll have heard us talk about sustainability on numerous occasions – how it forms a key part of our purpose, how car sharing can be considered sustainable or how we are always looking to support sustainable businesses individuals and businesses across the UK. But what does that word ‘sustainable’ really mean? And how does it differ from ‘renewable’, especially when we are talking about energy?
April 16, 2021
Ian is a Software Tester living in Westbury Park who has been renting out his Ford C-Max with his partner Rachel as part of Karshare’s community car sharing scheme. He first used Karshare when it operated as Car and Away at Gatwick Airport. “It worked really well there and made me think about the fact that there’s always cars sitting around at airports – it makes way more sense to use those rather than a whole fleet of rental cars. Then I saw that Karshare had started operating in neighbourhoods during lockdown and got on board.”
April 2, 2021
2020 was a breakout year for electric vehicle uptake, with figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealing that one electric vehicle was registered every three minutes. This is fantastic news! Not only can we help our local environment by not polluting the air we breathe, but it can also be good for our wallets. You can fuel an average electric car for approximately 4p per mile, with no road tax to pay and quite a few government incentives. With new affordable models arriving in the UK and a wide variety of second-hand EVs available, switching to an electric vehicle has never been easier and cheaper!
March 31, 2021
After the year we have just been through, it will come as no surprise that UK residents are looking for new ways to generate income and navigate this uncertain world of work. According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate in January was at 5% – the highest figure in five years, with 1.7 million people unemployed. Since the start of the pandemic, Google searches for “easy ways to make money from home” have skyrocketed by 500% and more and more people are turning to freelance work and one-off gigs to stay afloat.
March 30, 2021
Transport for West Midlands has introduced a new service to their Mobility Credits Scheme, enabling Coventry locals to take part in peer-to-peer car sharing through Karshare. The Mobility Credits Scheme is an initiative to encourage people to scrap their old car in exchange for £3,000 of Mobility Credits to be used on public transport, e-scooters, bike hire, car rental and now peer-to-peer car sharing.
Meet the team
March 23, 2021
Get to know Team Karshare in intimate detail, find out their hopes and dreams and learn more about what makes this company so special. Today we sat down with Vesela Dragusheva, our Senior Product Manager, to find out more about what makes her tick.
March 18, 2021
Biodiesel is a type of fuel made from vegetable oil, animal fat or waste cooking oil. The fuel is created by a process called transesterification, where the glycerin is separated from the oil to create methyl ester. Methyl ester is the chemical compound name for biodiesel. The majority of suitable oil for biodiesel comes from rapeseed, palm or soybean crops. Because of its source, biodiesel is considered a renewable fuel alternative.
March 5, 2021
Coming at you with a quick Friday history lesson that looks at the evolution of electric vehicles – from the very first invention of an electric motor to the multi-billion dollar success of Tesla. Here we go: In the 1800s, Hungarian engineer Ányos Jedlik started experimenting with, what he called “lightning-magnetic-self-rotors”, which resulted in the invention of the first electric motor in 1828, functional enough to power a small model car. You can actually find it at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest – it still works perfectly.
March 2, 2021
A few days ago, Bristol City Council approved Clean Air for Bristol’s business case for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which could be implemented from October 2021 and would mean that certain drivers may be required to pay a fee to enter a small area of central Bristol with their vehicles. It is estimated that over 71% of vehicles in Bristol are already compliant, so CAZ charges would only apply to a minority of drivers in the city. This should decrease over the years as Bristol’s population takes advantage of new financial incentives to switch to an electric vehicle or opt for different modes of transport, such as cycling or public transport.
February 17, 2021
There’s tonnes of exciting innovation going on in the world of ‘mobility’ right now. Never before have people had more choice and flexibility when it comes to how they get around. Car subscriptions and car sharing are leading this revolution; both offer a new, smarter way to ‘access’ rather than own a car to the growing segments of customers who want flexibility in how they drive.
February 16, 2021
Your car is, in all likelihood, one of your most valuable assets. But that value comes with a price – literally. From monthly finance payments to insurance to service charges to fuel costs, our vehicles are often as convenient as they are costly. But we’ve got some good news... What if your car could start paying for itself? There are currently an estimated 38 million vehicles parked on our roads in the UK – and they are only used a meagre 4% of the time. That means that millions and millions of cars sit idle every day – unused and costing money. The Covid-19 pandemic has only further decreased daily car usage and the rise in remote working is predicted to have long-lasting effects on mobility overall.
February 2, 2021
From Angela Merkel to Xi Jinping to Greta Thunberg, global leaders from around the world gathered together virtually at the end of January to examine the principles, policies and partnerships needed to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and embark on creating a more inclusive and sustainable future in 2021. Hosted by the World Economic Forum, this Davos Agenda focused on 7 key themes: Fairer Economies, Tech for Good, Society & Future of Work, Better Business, Healthy Futures, Beyond Geopolitics and finally, How to Save the Planet.
January 27, 2021
A hybrid vehicle combines two energy components: petrol and electricity. It can switch between both engines or combine them depending on the situation. Instead of plugging in the battery to charge like you would with a pure electric car, a hybrid vehicle recharges itself as you drive. The electricity makes the car produce very low greenhouse emissions and makes it cheap to run, especially in cities when you’re moving slower and able to drive on the battery alone. A hybrid is not only good for the planet, but for your pocket too!
January 25, 2021
Johnny de Mearns is an artist, yoga instructor and masseur from Bristol. Dad to 4 boys, he has recently swapped out his 23 year old Toyota Picnic for a brand new hybrid car and is now renting it out to his community via Karshare. “I first read about Karshare in an article and thought it was a totally brilliant idea, but I knew my 23 year old car, which was already on its way out, wouldn’t be eligible for sharing. After that car was hit by another vehicle and finally written off, there was an opportunity for change.”
January 7, 2021
Karshare will be operating as normal during lockdown. While it is crucial for everyone to stay at home whenever possible, there are a number of essential travel reasons, which we have cars available for. Karshare started off as a support service for key workers and front line staff and we are continuing in our mission to provide safe and easy access to vehicles for everyone during the pandemic.
January 4, 2021
When we speak to car owners who are interested in sharing their car with others, their first question is often: What about insurance? It comes as no surprise – renting out your vehicle to others can be a daunting undertaking, but we are here to put your mind at ease and remind you of all of the safety procedures put in place to make your car sharing experience as comfortable as possible.
December 15, 2020
Karshare has launched a fundraising campaign on Seedrs, an equity crowdfunding platform enabling investors to invest in businesses they believe in and share in their success. We are thrilled to be giving people an opportunity to own a part of the Karshare business and help us grow.
December 14, 2020
On 18 November 2020, Boris Johnson announced his “green recovery” plans for the UK in a Financial Times opinion piece. He plans to mobilise £12bn of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 green jobs as part of his 10-point plan. Number 4 of this plan centres on electric mobility, with £2.8bn of investment going into electric vehicles, charging points and long-lasting batteries. The aim of this? To end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, a full decade earlier than initially planned in the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ plans, published in 2018.
November 4, 2020
Nowadays, buying a brand new car outright with cash, a loan or on hire purchase is a luxury few can afford. With cars typically losing 20% of their value as soon as they leave the forecourt, buying a car only really makes sense if you’re planning to own it for many years. As technology evolves on a daily basis and we have an abundance of choice available at our fingertips at all times, we are conditioned to want to upgrade all the time - whether it’s our TVs, our phones or our cars.
November 3, 2020
At Karshare, we are taking extra safety precautions to ensure that our community of car owners and car renters can use our service with confidence during the Covid-19 health crisis.
June 8, 2020
The Karshare community scheme to help mobilise front-line workers during the Coronavirus crisis was first launched in Bristol – and as a Bristolian I was both inspired and grateful to the public and all the healthcare professionals and volunteers who jumped on board this car sharing scheme so readily. To see first-hand how it has changed peoples’ lives in my home town during this crisis has been a privilege.
May 19, 2020
As part of the operations team at Karshare I’m privileged to meet some truly remarkable people – not just car owners who selflessly donate their cars to people who can use them, but also the inspirational healthcare workers going above and beyond to help people during this Coronavirus crisis.05
March 16, 2020
From car-sharing to buying outright, we explore different types of vehicle ownership and usership In the modern world, transport is under scrutiny like never before. With discussions both economic and environmental, more people are second-guessing their own personal transport needs. Nowadays, there are multiple ways to own a car and many people are opting for cheaper and more flexible options (like car sharing.)
March 9, 2020
Karshare takes a look at autos that made history - though not in the way you might think. It’s been nearly 130 years since the invention of the automobile and, it’s fair to say, vehicular innovation has fundamentally changed society several times over. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most iconic cars in history and consider their impact on the world.
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