The London Car Club Fleet (Share / Hire)

Carplus[LAName] – 23 Jan 2014


Since 2007, there has been sustained growth in both car club membership and the geographical coverage of car clubs across London. In 2012/13, the London car club fleet comprised 1843 vehicles, which serviced a membership of approximately 122,300. In total, these members travelled approx. 37,000,000 miles in car club vehicles, in the course of around 1,000,000 separate ‘hires’.

It is estimated that these combined operations have helped remove around 11,000 private cars from the road and avoid the purchasing of a further 22,000. Overall, car club members in London are estimated to have travelled nearly half a billion fewer miles compared to the equivalent GB average. In addition, journeys undertaken in car club vehicles benefit from a fleet which is 100% Euro 5 compliant and emits on average 30% less CO2 than the wider national fleet

Market observers project a potential 10-fold rise in car club membership by 2020.



Location: London is the largest market in Europe for traditional car clubs and the second largest globally. Coverage now reaches from Enfield in the north to Sutton in the south and from Abbey Wood in the east to Hounslow in the west. Approximately 50% of Londoners have access to a car club car within ten minutes’ walk of where they live.

Organisation: Car clubs in London are provided by several commercial operators. Some boroughs currently have a single operator contract and several boroughs are considering ways to open up the market to allow for more than one operator. Community car clubs don’t currently operate in London, though they may find a future role in outer London. Another development to watch for in the future is the possible emergence of ‘A to B’ type provision.

Membership: Members (122,300), Average use stats (8.2 hires/y, 6.7 hr/hire, 37.8 m/hire, 305 m/y)

Cars (1654, ave. age 1.05y) Type: Diesel (1,369, 82.8%), Petrol (211, 12.8%), PE-Hybrid (71, 4.3%), Electric (3, 0.2%), CO2: Band A (573, 35%), band B/C (983, 59%), Ave. CO2 (110.1 g/CO2), AQ: EU5+ (1,653. 100%), Fleet Ave NOx (127.3 mg/km), Fleet Ave PM10 (0.334 mg/km)

Vans (189)



Private cars make a significant contribution to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in London.

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Transport for London’s 2008 Car Club Strategy provided the framework for much of the progress achieved to date. Carplus, operators, Transport for London (TfL) and City Hall are now working collaboratively to ensure that, five years on, car clubs are given the renewed strategic direction and support that will allow their identified potential to be realised. Forward thinking policies by City Hall, TfL and Boroughs mixed with ambition and entrepreneurship of private sector operators has given London a leadership position in the global car club market.


Car clubs help to reduce total ownership of private cars and also members' annual car mileage. Car club vehicles are generally cleaner and more efficient than the wider national fleet. They can also help to expose users to ultra-low emission vehicles, thereby encouraging wider uptake. The Carplus survey reports the following indicators and estimates:

Travel Behaviour
- 11,058 cars removed from road (based on estimate of 6 private cars per car club vehicle, 1843 vehicles)
- 22,116 car sales deferred (based on 12 deferments per car club vehicle, 1843 vehicles)
- 50% fewer car miles by members (member ave. 4,195 m/y compared to the GB ave. 8,430 m/y)
- 518,000,000 fewer car miles by members (i.e. cumulated estimate compared to equiv. GB average)

Vehicle Performance
- The car club fleet in London is almost 100% Euro 5 compliant
- Carbon emissions are on average 31% lower than the UK national fleet
- Car clubs can help introduce EV’s to a wide range of new users

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The Carplus Annual Survey is the only comprehensive and independently verified dataset collected on the car club sector in the UK. The data collected from the Carplus Annual Survey has five components (Members and Joiners Survey, Peer-to-Peer Survey, Corporate User Survey, Corporate Administrator Survey, Operator Survey) and is compiled into 3 regional reports that reflect the principal geographical areas of operation of car clubs in Great Britain: England and Wales (excluding London), London and Scotland. The full reports are available on the Carplus web site: http://www.carplus.org.uk (Carplus, Jan 2014)

Action details

Action: Car clubs [ACName]

Action: Low emission / electric vehicles [ACName]


This is a first presentation of a national fleet perspective for car clubs in London on the Low Emission Hub. It draws on the sixth edition of the Carplus Annual Survey (covering the period 2012-13). The first survey was completed in 2007. The Annual Survey is the only industry wide data set collected with the cooperation of the car club operators.

Main Actor

  • Car Club Operators

Basic details

  • Local authority: Carplus [Other]

  • Location: London (Metropolitan area) [Region: National]


  • 23 Jan 14 – Updated 05 Mar 14

Action Type

  • Car clubs
  • Green Fleet/ Low Emission Vehicle Investment