Building on an old idea in which we combine our skills and invest together to provide what we need, e-cocars grew out of the first rural pilot car club in the UK. e-cocars’ founder, Jeremy Farr, started Moorcar in Ashburton, Devon, in 2002 with a group of like-minded residents. Moorcar now supports an increasing number of car clubs across the UK including the Western Isles of Scotland, where co-operative living is essential.
e-cocars is Moorcar’s telematic (more high tech) sister company, also operated and managed by Ashburton Co-operative Transport.
The objects for which the Co‑operative is established are:
(a) To support, operate and deliver car share clubs and related services;
(b) To support and deliver other sustainable transport activities;
(c) To foster and support the principles and concept of co-operation in its own affairs and in industry and commerce generally, to support the Co-operative Movement, and to educate it’s Members in co-operative principles and management practices.
Co-operatives are a flexible business model. They can be set up in different ways, using different legal structures, depending on what works for the members. e-cocars’ affiliate, Moorcar, helps other communities to set up their own car clubs.
The idea behind e-cocars is really simple: share access to a car and use one only when you need to.
Ashburton Co-operative Transport is a Member’s Co-operative IPS nos. 29415R. The head office and registered address is at Woodstone Barn, Chudleigh TQ13 0DW.