AN electric car club proposed in Taunton could expand to nearby areas if it proves successful.

Somerset West And Taunton Council is asking people, businesses and community groups there views on the issue in an online survey.

The council is leading the initiative in partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise Co Cars with the aim of providing affordable access to electric cars.

While interest in electric cars has surged since the Government announced sales of petrol and diesel vehicles will end in 2030, electric cars remain too expensive for many motorists and most people are unable to charge one at home.

An electric car share scheme would address these challenges. It would allow members to hire electric vehicles in as little as 30 minutes from various locations across the district and for a single, all-inclusive price.

As well as reducing congestion, parking and pollution problems, switching from a fossil-fuelled vehicle which may only be occasionally used, would help members to save money by removing the need for ownership.

Interest is also sought for an electric bike share scheme.

Both schemes support the council's Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience Action Plan (CNCR) to significantly reduce the district’s carbon emissions by 2030.

The survey is available at and will run for approximately a month to establish viability for the project.

Cllr Dixie Darch, SWT executive member for climate change, said: “Our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 remains our priority and we’re determined to meet the key milestones set out in our CNCR.

“We've already introduced a successful e-scooter trial in Taunton which has now been extended to Minehead, so offering an electric vehicle hire scheme is the next step in eco-friendly transport for our communities.

“I encourage residents to take part in this survey to help determine interest and demand.

"Sharing is a great way to reduce waste from overproduction and saves money, as well as carbon and other emissions impacting our environment.”

Mark Hodgson, managing director of Co Cars, said: “Over the last 12 months, we have seen a huge surge of interest in our shared, electric cars and bikes from communities across the region.

“We’re really excited to see if we can bring them to the Somerset West and Taunton area as they would give people access to the latest technology at an affordable price, helping them save money and hassle when compared to owning a car.”

The initial survey and mailing list are being administered by Co Cars and all data collected will be held in accordance with Co Cars' privacy policy.