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2021 was a year where the conversation around climate change increased amongst many. The record-breaking floods, wildfires and even the sea on fire this year has put climate change at the forefront of many people’s conversations. Nations across the world are starting to take action and with COP26 this year regularly making headline news, the general public awareness of the subject matter has continued to grow. We want to encourage the shift to sharing in 2022, so we'll be breaking down what the sharing economy is and how it can help, while recommending a few companies that are championing the sharing mindset!
December 16, 2021
We're shining the spotlight on our Community Managers today and are finding out what they like to get up to at Christmas. This team is responsible for getting car owners set up on the platform and teaching them everything they need to know about car sharing. So if you've got a car on Karshare, you'll likely already know your local Community Manager pretty well!
December 15, 2021
It's nice to escape the hustle and the bustle of the city life now and then, which is why we think it's worth a drive out of the city. With Christmas fast approaching, we wanted to share some of our favourite activities that take place just outside of the cities we live in. We're hoping this gives you some inspiration for your next rental, as these places aren't quite easily accessible by public transport and may require a car. So let's kick off the series with our recommendations for those looking to escape London for the day.
December 9, 2021
Sustainable transport is a mode of travel that has a minimal effect on the environment and the climate. As more sustainable modes of transport are introduced and people's behaviour towards transport is shifting, there's room for the impact of transport on the climate to be greatly reduced. We take a look at sustainable transport - what this actually means, how we can make transport more sustainable and why it's important.
December 2, 2021
As the nights are getting longer and the temperature is dropping, we want to make sure you're fully prepared for Winter. Are you currently sharing your car with others? That's great - the Christmas period is always a busy one, so you'll want to make sure everyone sharing your car is set up safely for their journey. To encourage people to return to your car the next time they rent, get your car ready for Winter and help all your rentals run smoothly.
December 2, 2021
As the nights are getting longer and the temperature is dropping, we want to make sure you're fully ready for renting a car over Winter. We've created a renter's checklist to make sure your car rental goes as smoothly as possible, even if you do get caught out by some bad weather.
November 23, 2021
We want to make sharing your car with your community as easy and straightforward as possible, which is why we're constantly updating our product and always taking on board user feedback. Because of this, we're proud to announce that our new earnings and payouts section is now live! Have a read to find out more about the new product update and what this means for those with vehicles on the platform.
November 18, 2021
One of the questions that gets asked frequently with new renters here at Karshare is how old drivers have to be to rent a car on our platform. We don't charge a young renters fee for those aged between 21-25, so the rental cost for younger renters is the same as for everyone else! Read on to find out more and to hear from Holly who initally signed up to Karshare because of this reason.
November 16, 2021
No stranger to the sharing economy, when Maimuna started working from home she saw an opportunity to rent out her car and share it with her local community. Have a read to see how she's found the experience since joining Karshare and how she became the first amongst friends to begin renting her car out.
November 12, 2021
Did you know that the 63 largest cities and towns in the UK generate almost half of the UK’s carbon emissions? London alone makes up 11% of this! Our cities are incredible places, but they also need the right infrastructure in place to make sure they’re as green as they can be. We take a look at how car sharing ultimately reduces the number of cars on roads, creating more space for green areas and better active travel infrastructures.
November 9, 2021
According to the Climate Change Committee, active travel is an important factor to help reduce the UK’s travel-related carbon emissions and in working towards our bold – but necessary – greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘active travel’, it simply refers to journeys made through physical activity such as walking or cycling, instead of using a car or public transport. We take a look at how sharing cars can ultimately encourage active travel. Read on to find out more.
November 1, 2021
As part of our COP26 article series, we are focussing on the different environmental benefits of car sharing. To kick this off, we take a look at the various ways that car sharing reduces carbon emissions. From enabling users to 'car shed', to ultimately leading to less cars needing to be manufactured, have a read to find out how car sharing can help reduce carbon emissions.
October 28, 2021
Alan Cleaver and his wife are both Bristol residents who, like many others, are now both working from home. This shift in day-to-day life meant that their secondary car became slightly redundant as it was no longer needed for the daily commute. Sharing their car on Karshare enabled them to pay off the annual cost of their car within just two months. Read on to find out more.
October 28, 2021
After our recent launch in Birmingham, we feel it's time to ask the 20 questions to our Community Manager Adam this week. From his love for the Gmail App, to his first job at Villa Park, let's get to know Adam!
October 26, 2021
With the Karshare constantly growing, it's time to get to know more of the team through our '20 Questions with' blog series. If you're based in London and have recently put your vehicle on the Karshare platform, then you should know who we're about to introduce..It's Michal! Our Community Manager for London. Read on to get to know Michal even more.
October 28, 2021
Are you a Leeds resident and interested in sharing your car with Karshare? Well we have some good news for you, as Leeds City Council are offering free KarshareGo technology installations to the first 10 Leeds residents who join Karshare with their vehicle! KarshareGo (worth £195) is the kit that enables all rentals to be 100% contactless and managed via the Karshare app.
October 14, 2021
It can get a bit confusing at times, but in short, these are all different ways of describing an area in a city or town that has certain restrictions in place to help tackle air pollution. But what does this all mean? And is it only Londoners who have to take ULEZ compliant cars into consideration? Read more to find out what ULEZ, LEZ and CAZ means for those across the UK.
September 20, 2021
Each year, World Car Free Day is celebrated globally on the 22nd September, and it’s definitely an event that Karshare is here to support. The day aims to reduce the number of cars on streets, which is exactly what we’re all about, as we aim to create a world where we never have more cars than we need. Read here to find out some of the key benefits of reducing your car usage, as well as ways you can reduce your car usage too.
September 16, 2021
You may see posts around today about World Ozone Day, so we’ve decided to break down the key things you need to know about today in a quick 3 minute read. We look at what it is, how The Montreal Protocol has made a difference and what this year's theme of 'Keeping us, our food and vaccines cool' means.
September 14, 2021
Did you know that Karshare is up to 80% cheaper than traditional car rental? It’s possible to find a car rental as cheap as £30 a day on the Karshare app. We take a look at the different factors that can affect the cost of renting a car, such as city and car type.
September 3, 2021
This week we're turning the 20 questions spotlight to our Chief Marketing Officer Katie. Katie's job is to tell the story of Karshare, but now it's time to learn more about her story, which often tends to start off with a green tea, and finish on a peppermint.
September 2, 2021
You may have heard that since September 1st, E10 fuel is being rolled out as the standard unleaded petrol sold at forecourts across Britain. The change to E10 petrol is said to have baffled a quarter of motorists, so we’re here to keep it simple and break it down for you, because petrol shouldn’t be complicated.
July 21, 2021
Meet Charlie, our Head of Partnership Development. From cycling along the world's deadliest road to his love-hate relationship with matcha powder, this new edition of Karshare's 20 Questions is bound to make you feel one step closer to Charlie.
July 20, 2021
In 2014, I was in my 9th year of leading a well-established, 52 year-old and highly successful, private equity backed travel management company. Quite a mouthful. The business managed the travel of most lawyers in the UK, a good proportion of lawyers from the USA, and many other professional service individuals from the insurance and specialist finance sectors. The travel requirements were pretty standard. Business class, chauffeur to and from airport, and a 5* hotel accommodation – the Four Seasons in New York was especially popular. But in 2014 something fundamentally changed.
July 19, 2021
As we continue to grow our business and share the benefits of car sharing with more and more people, we want to find ways of taking you behind the scenes to show you what life at Karshare is really like. This week, we’re here to tell you about our recent testimonial video shoot that took place (on a very, very rainy day) in Bristol a few weeks ago. As we’ve launched in more and more areas across the country, we have learned that ‘social proof’ is key to reaching new audiences.
July 23, 2021
The term ‘carbon footprint’ refers to the total amount of greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere as a result of someone’s actions. Greenhouse gases are those responsible for the greenhouse effect, or warming of the Earth’s surface, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Carbon footprints are usually measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. There are a lot of actions that can cause greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere, including use of fossil fuels, deforestation and inefficient waste management.
July 15, 2021
Another week, another 20 Questions. Our Bristol Community Support Executive Adam Chapman joined the Karshare family not too long ago and has already helped countless new car owners and renters make the most of the Karshare platform. Today you get to go behind the scenes and meet him.
July 13, 2021
Car sharing enables car owners to safely rent out their vehicles to nearby renters in exchange for money. Think of it like an Airbnb for cars. It’s a great way to make your car work for you whenever it’s not in use. By renting out your car or van, you can help members of your community get to where they need to be. Car sharing also helps reduce CO2 emissions by decreasing the demand for more cars on our roads. With driver telematics to support safer driving and contactless car collection, renting out your car has never been easier.
July 2, 2021
Grab a cuppa and have a gander through Amanda Sawyer's 20 questions, full of insight into the busy life of our Bristol Community Manager!
July 1, 2021
Today marks the beginning of Plastic Free July, a global movement that inspires millions of people to be a part of the solution against plastic pollution. Everyone has the power to make small changes in their lives with big impacts, so why not spend some time this month thinking about how you too can make a difference?
June 29, 2021
“If I'd learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don't talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
June 11, 2021
If you rent a vehicle via the Karshare platform, you will have already completed DVLA checks and passed our eligibility requirements, indicating that you are a good driver. But unfortunately even the best drivers are sometimes faced with parking tickets, fines or speeding charges – so we’re going to take a look at what happens if you find yourself in one of these situations and how Karshare can help.
June 9, 2021
Let’s face it – June 21st may not be the all-inclusive holiday announcement we’ve been dreaming of. But that’s ok, there are plenty of incredible vacation destinations across the UK that are just a road trip away. It may not be the Cote d’Azur but with these 7 games to keep you entertained throughout your travels, you’ll be embracing that holiday spirit in no time. So leave your passports at home, folks – it’s road trip time.
June 4, 2021
Hi everyone, my name is Ben Collis and I’m the Community Manager for Karshare in Manchester. As a new Karshare employee, I figured it made sense for me to join the platform as a car owner – having first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a member of the car sharing community would help me answer any questions people may have and give me a greater understanding of how to get the most out of being on the platform. Like everyone who joins, I did consider what it would mean to not always have access to my car, but ultimately I knew that I didn’t use it every day – and the idea of some extra income was a welcome one, especially after the difficult year we’ve had.
June 1, 2021
With so many great things to do at any time of year, Manchester has a lot going for it. But even though you’ll never be bored in Manchester, that doesn’t mean you won’t want to venture out of the city occasionally, particularly now that staycations are possible again. Luckily, one of Manchester’s many excellent qualities is its proximity to all kinds of amazing places. Here are five top staycation spots, whether you want to stick within a short drive of the city or venture that little bit further out.
May 28, 2021
Our referrals feature is now live, which means: 💷 Great benefits for your family and friends, who come on board! 💰 Rewards for you as a Karshare member! 🌍 A greener planet! 🙌 More local community support!
May 27, 2021
Remote working isn’t going anywhere, so more and more people are adding their vehicles to Karshare to earn extra income whenever they are not in use. With staycations on the rise and summer vacation just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your car listing a spring clean with our helpful tips and tricks to maximise those rentals.
May 25, 2021
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 24, 2021
Meet Zoheil Khaleqi, Karshare's Quality Assurance & Release Manager. He's taken the time to answer 20 quick-fire questions, so you can learn more about Team Karshare and what makes us tick.
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 19, 2021
Whilst we are working hard on delivering some of the amazing new features on our platform (yes, Referrals are coming very soon!), let me share with you a couple of great improvements we have recently made for you, our car owners. They have not made it to our public roadmap, but are still so beneficial that we decided to shout about them!
May 13, 2021
What a start to 2021. With the lockdown announced on the 4th January it was definitely a case for a cautious beginning. On the same day, however, Brian Pinker, 82, became the first person (outside trials) to receive the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine. A much-needed boost for everyone, providing an important foundation of certainty and a route for things to get easier.
May 7, 2021
We sat down with Graeme Banister, our Mobility & Partnerships Director, to take us through his answers to our 20 Questions, designed to help you get to know Team Karshare a bit better. Let's see what he had to say!
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 30, 2021
It's time for some new 20 Questions, and this time we're chatting with Ben Collis, our new Manchester Community Manager! Ben recently joined the Karshare team to help us expand our platform up north and took time out of his busy day to tell us a bit more about himself.
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 23, 2021
Drive-in cinemas have grown in popularity in the UK over the last few years, with Covid-19 causing a massive boost in sales as people gravitated towards the outdoor events that still allowed them to maintain their personal space. And it looks like the trend isn’t going anywhere. We have rounded up some of the most exciting drive-in events coming to Bristol and beyond, so you can park up and sit back without having to leave your car!
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 13, 2021
Spring is finally here to remind us of new beginnings! I hope you are all enjoying the warming weather and the blossoming trees outside. What better season to hit the roads and go on an adventure? With life gradually opening back up again, there are so many opportunities out there! To honour the spirit of spring, I present to you (*drumroll*) the Karshare roadmap! This is our perpetual Work In Progress space, where you can find evolving, valuable information about our platform and where we are headed. It's our way of showing you what we're working on so you can be a part of the evolution of Karshare, every step of the way. Let me walk you through it (it's a roadmap, after all)...
April 12, 2021
It finally feels like the world is opening up again. From today, restrictions are easing to allow non-essential shops, salons, outdoor hospitality venues and gyms to reopen. The new rules also mean that self-contained accommodation like holiday cabins, Airbnbs or camping sites can open to allow for overnight stays – aka staycations! Lucky for you, dear reader, there’s no better place to safely enjoy the new regulations than Bristol, with its wealth of culture, shopping, eateries and stunning scenery.
April 9, 2021
We're back with another edition of "20 Questions with...", your chance to 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's spotlight is on Sam Howard, our Engineer & Cloud Architect. Find out more about what makes him tick below.
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.
March 24, 2021
Well, it looks like international travel is off the cards for the foreseeable future. But fear not – the UK has a whole range of enviable destinations that can make for the perfect holiday, whether you’re looking for a tanning session at the beach or a gruelling hike up Snowdon. And the best bit is that you can get everything you need for the perfect staycation simply by unlocking your phone. We’ve put together our favourite apps to make your trip as smooth as possible. Ditch the passport and get yourself behind the wheel instead: adventure awaits.
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 22, 2021
Hey there, I'm Vessy from the Product team at Karshare! I'll be running this new section of our blog, discussing all things product. Here you can read about all our new features, how and what we prioritise and of course hear stories of what's going on behind the scenes – where we have fun and deal with challenges at the same time. I'll walk you through the magic of how a customer insight translates into a new feature and so much more... so watch this space!
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 16, 2021
The German word “Fernweh” might just be the perfect way to describe what we’re all feeling right now: an aching for the far. Longing to escape the mundanity of lockdown life, we’ve binged through pretty much everything Netflix has to offer, but these hidden gems might just hit the spot and fulfil your wanderlust as we count down the days until adventure-time.
March 11, 2021
Have you ever returned from a city break or short holiday only to feel more exhausted than you did before you left? Trying to see or experience as many things as possible within a short period of time can lead to what many call 'tourist burnout.' You just can’t cram everything into one little trip so by the time you return, you feel like you’ve missed out.
March 9, 2021
Spring is well and truly in the air – and there’s nothing that says “new year new me” quite like a good old spring clean. And what better way to prepare for the end of lockdown than by giving your car a once-over? Get ready for those road trips and staycations pencilled in your diary – or present your car beautifully for the renters taking it for a spin. After exploring environmentally friendly ways of driving your car, we have now put together 7 car cleaning solutions that keep the planet in mind – and are bound to leave your vehicle sparkling!
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 26, 2021
Think back to the last time you wanted to buy something. The journey you followed probably looked a little like this: You Googled it, you ordered it, you clicked next day delivery – or better yet – same-day delivery, and then you eagerly awaited it. We’re wired to expect things now. Our expectation for instant gratification is the norm, rather than the exception. In fact, if we’re asked to wait 3-5 business days for something to arrive, we’re mildly outraged.
February 25, 2021
From 12 April onwards, lockdown restrictions will ease to allow for the reopening of zoos, theme parks and holiday lets for individual households. We have taken a look at some of the best self-contained accommodations and nearby activities for our community in Bristol so you can finally put the word “holiday” in that empty diary of yours. It’s roadmap time!
February 24, 2021
In a previous blog post, we covered how car sharing has been highlighted by the World Economic Forum as a way of life the world must embrace to help tackle climate change. In the UK, transport is the highest contributor to CO2 emissions – car sharing, and making do with fewer vehicles, is not a silver bullet but an important part of the solution to creating a more sustainable future.Alongside the growth in sharing, the move away from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric power is accelerating. In the UK, the announcement last year that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2030 was a truly significant moment.
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 9, 2021
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we wanted to shout about one thing we all love here at Karshare: sharing! By making better use of resources and redistributing assets across various sectors, the sharing economy is redefining the notion of ownership. To build a more sustainable world, we know we have to become increasingly generous with our concept of sharing – from homes to cars to workspaces to household items. Through sharing, we can achieve more with less. We asked some of the Karshare team to tell us about their favourite sharing ideas – besides car sharing, of course!
February 4, 2021
First things first: what is hypermiling? Hypermiling or ‘eco-driving’ is a form of driving that maximises fuel efficiency. It’s all about getting the most bang for your buck: by employing various energy-efficient techniques to minimise fuel consumption, you can get more miles out of your car and reduce emissions at the same time. These methods are often used with electric vehicles where drivers want to get the maximum out of their battery and exceed their vehicle manufacturers’ stated efficiency. We have put together 10 top tips that will help drive more fuel efficiently in 2021 while saving money – and the planet.
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 22, 2021
The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, took time to address Karshare’s car sharing initiative in his first Question Time of 2021, on Facebook Live. Ahead of the Q&A, Karshare submitted a question via Twitter, asking how car sharing might fit into Bristol’s green transport plans and reiterating the fact that for every 1 car shared, we can take 14 off the road, thus drastically reducing emissions.
January 20, 2021
One of the most difficult aspects of living through this pandemic has been not being able to support our local favourites who formed such a huge part of everyday life back when the world looked a bit different. Luckily, thanks to Zoom and some ingenious thinking, a lot of Bristol’s independent scene has made the move online, shifting their offer to suit our lockdown lives. To help you continue supporting your locals, we have listed some of our favourite at-home experiences, brought to you by the best of Bristol.
January 14, 2021
Driver telematics are a key ingredient in Karshare’s vision for a more sustainable, shared future. Inbuilt within our KarshareGo technology, they are a core component of our security measures and a helpful tool in ensuring our insurance costs can stay as low as possible. KarshareGo is our keyless technology which is installed in every car on our platform. It’s a small black module attached to the OBD-II port (on-board diagnostics), which allows renters to securely unlock their chosen car through the Karshare app using facial recognition. This ensures that there is no need for a face-to-face key swap between owner and renter as the renter’s phone effectively becomes the car key, connected to the module within the vehicle. By guaranteeing that every vehicle is equipped with KarshareGo, renters can instantly book a car nearby and be on their way in minutes.
January 12, 2021
2020 forced us to look at our income with a fresh pair of eyes – from furlough schemes to redundancies, it has not been easy navigating the new and uncertain world of work we find ourselves in. Luckily, the sharing economy is here to help. By utilising the assets and skills you already possess, you can create additional income streams in 2021 thanks to some very handy apps.
January 8, 2021
We’re coming up to our first weekend in Lockdown 3 and with nowhere to go and temperatures inching close to zero, we’ll be plonking ourselves on the sofa for some back-to-back binge-watching. If your plans are looking similar, check out our list of hard-hitting, truth-talking, inspirational movies and documentaries about the environment to get you through lockdown this month.
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 6, 2021
Karshare has hit its £1million fundraising target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs and is now overfunding. With over 440 investors to date and the current total standing over £1.3 million, the campaign is not due to close until mid-January.
January 5, 2021
Protecting the environment is at the heart of what we do here at Karshare. Now that 2020 is finally behind us, we have taken a look at some of the ways in which everyone can live a little more sustainably and make a positive difference in the pursuit of net zero emissions and combating climate change.
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 22, 2020
2020 has undoubtedly been a year like no other. For an early stage business like ourselves, it came with a wealth of challenges to tackle alongside opportunities to embrace. No doubt the pandemic has impacted our business, but we have emerged stronger with much to be grateful for and a lot to look forward to in 2021. Here’s a little peak at what we got up to...
December 18, 2020
In a year when it has been nearly impossible to see friends and family, we know just how important the festive season is going to be for everyone. We want to make it as easy and safe as possible for you to rent a car and visit loved ones for Christmas. Our vehicles are available to rent 24/7 during the holidays and our keyless technology means you don’t have to worry about arranging a drop-off with the car owner – it all takes place through our App.
December 17, 2020
At Karshare, we pride ourselves on operating 24/7, 365 days a year, so our customers can have access to nearby vehicles whenever they need one. This means that we will be operating as usual during the Christmas period – ensuring that your travel plans are taken care of and that the Karshare team is on standby at all times, ready to help. Traditional car rental companies operate on a standard 8am – 5pm schedule and are often closed on Sundays. Car sharing can therefore be especially beneficial during the holiday season as our vehicles are available to rent at any point in the day, every day of the week.
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.
December 10, 2020
Julian Burr is a 42 year old DJ from Hanham in Bristol. Married with four children, he owns a Vauxhall Vivaro van, which he has been renting out as part of Karshare’s community car sharing scheme. “I first heard about Karshare through a Facebook advert”, he told us. “In non-Covid times, I operate a DJ business and this has had to stop since the first lockdown in March. My van has been redundant since then and Karshare was a great opportunity to make some income from it, instead of it sitting idle.” Julian and his family have two other vehicles which they use to get around in Bristol, but the van “is not being used for anything right now.”
December 9, 2020
Part 2 of our Cared for by Karshare series sees us checking in with Julie Dempster, Founding Director of Bristol Outreach Services for the Homeless (BOSH), a charity in Bristol. Mum of two and grandmother to two gorgeous grandchildren, Julie has lived in Bristol for around five and a half years. BOSH have been working with Karshare to borrow a van throughout the pandemic to support their services across the city.
November 30, 2020
Following the government’s recent announcement that Bristol will enter into Tier 3 from 2 Dec, we look at the implications this has on the travel sector and what renters are still able to do under new restrictions. In Bristol, which has now been placed on very high alert, essential travel still includes your commute to work, education or places of worship as well as journeys to receive medical treatment or attend caring responsibilities. Guidelines also state that you can travel to overnight stays if they are required for work or form stop-offs as part of a longer journey.
November 18, 2020
As part of our Cared for by Karshare series, we spoke to Esther, the Project Coordinator at Caring in Bristol. Her work primarily focuses on their food aid service ‘Cheers Drive’, running the day to day logistics and working alongside their group of amazing volunteers. Caring in Bristol have been making use of a Karshare van throughout the pandemic to support their services across the city.
November 17, 2020
Lisa, 25 years old, lives with her boyfriend in Redland, Bristol and their sausage dog Florence. They moved in October 2019 from Oxford as they have family in the area and spent a lot of time here. With an Audi A1 on a finance plan and a walking commute to work Lisa decided to keep her car as she likes the independence it brings her, so they are a two-car household.
November 17, 2020
When the pandemic struck the UK, Karshare asked local communities in Bristol to donate their cars to NHS, frontline and key workers so they could get to work safely. Public transport was less frequent and unreliable, so having immediate access to a car made their life and journeys easier.
November 12, 2020
Karshare is thrilled to be supporting four adventurous women taking on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge next month! Lorna, Phoebe, Sarah and Sofia aim to be the first team to complete the race in an environmentally-friendly way, raising awareness of the pollution of our waters. Based in Bristol, the four gulls came together from France, Uruguay, Scotland and Cornwall to share their love of adventure and passion for sustainability.
November 9, 2020
The ‘sharing economy’ is probably a term you’ve come across over the last few years when talking about companies like Airbnb, Uber, WeWork, JustPark, TaskRabbit etc. Maybe you’ve heard it referred to as the access economy or gig economy. Some even call it the peer-to-peer economy. Whatever you choose to go with, the premise of what makes a business a part of the sharing economy is simple and centres on the concept of resource distribution as opposed to resource creation. Airbnb doesn’t build new homes, it allows you to stay in someone else’s. Uber doesn’t make taxi cars, it enables drivers to turn their already-existing cars into one.
November 5, 2020
With the second lockdown of 2020 upon us, anxiety around travel and transport is on the rise. The UK government has made it clear that this time round, restrictions on travel still permit and encourage us to drive to work or education, visit those in our support or childcare bubbles, attend medical appointments, buy goods and services from retailers and travel to outdoor spaces for exercise.
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.
October 9, 2020
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis and the ongoing restrictions, changes and worries it has brought, it has sometimes been forgotten that we were already living through a climate emergency. For a brief moment at the height of lockdown the environment enjoyed a little respite, as cars came off the roads in huge numbers and people stopped flying all over the globe. Unfortunately, road traffic is now back to ‘business as usual’ levels, and emissions are creeping up once more. While the pandemic continues to attract the lion’s share of attention, the climate situation remains as urgent as ever.
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.
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