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50% of the price of the electric car
50% of the price of the electric car.
Full price of the electric car
Full price of the electric car.
|Total||€ 10.500||€ 21.000|
ECOTXE is Mallorca's brand new electric car sharing cooperative. Another form of sustainable and intermodal mobility so that people can use an electric vehicle and only pay for the time of use. Now we want to get going and need to finance our first vehicle to start rolling.
With the goal of being able to access a vehicle without owning it and do this in an environmentally sustainable way, we have started what already exists in other cities in Europe and the world: “car sharing”. More specifically, with electric cars charged from renewable energy sources.
The project started during the European Mobility Week (September 2015) when a group of people aware of environmental issues and with diverse needs of mobility presented it in public. In February 2016 we constituted the non-profit consumer cooperative ECOTXE SOM MOVIMENT and have currently around 100 members.
We want sustainable mobility, we focus on public transport, cycling mobility, the use of public space in favour of people and not parked cars, that does not pollute the air of cities and the planet and does not contaminate the streets with noise. In short, we want to be mobile and modify the way we move to make it more sustainable.
Help us to start ECOTXE, the electric and cooperative car sharing.
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
Car sharing allows you to use a vehicle for short periods of time (minutes, hours or days) and only pay for the use (time and/or kilometres). It works basically by internet or mobile phone reservations, and allows the car to be used at the booked times, paying only for the use that has been made. All costs are already included in the rates (energy, technical maintenance, parking, insurance, etc.) and as users we will not have to worry about anything else.
Access to the vehicles is easy: they are parked at different points in the city and users can book the one that is most convenient to them by location and schedule. This means users do not have to assume all the costs of owning a car; it can be combined with public transport, bicycle or on foot.
We will use electric cars and want the energy that moves them to come from renewable energy sources through the cooperative “Som Energia”. We will thus also give a boost to renewable energies and the energy transition, leaving fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas, etc.). behind.
Why this is important
Almost one hundred people have decided to join the cooperative that promotes sustainable mobility, also focusing on public transport, cycling mobility, the use of public space in favour of people instead of parked cars, that does not pollute the air or contaminate the streets with noise. But we want many more people to get involved and rethink the need to have one or more vehicles of their own.
The project is directed at all the people who occasionally need a car to go to work, for personal or professional tasks, for making a trip, go shopping, visit friends, etc. and who
do not wish to or cannot own a car individually.
Mobility is inherent to people, what changes in time and cultures is how we do it. And we have decided to change it!
Goals of the crowdfunding campaign
We want to buy our first electric car to start operating the car sharing. Once it is up and running, we will be able to show society that car sharing exists and works well.
We will gradually expand the number of cars to serve more people. This way we reduce the environmental impact (materials, energy, public space, etc.) linked to the use of the private car and also improve social redistribution of wealth.
The promoters of the ECOTXE SOM MOVIMENT cooperative are linked to many different movements and initiatives for responsible consumption, fair trade, ethical finance, renewable energy cooperatives, consumer groups and other social movements: Fundació Deixalles, S'Altra Senalla, REAS Balears, Friends of the Earth Mallorca, Biciutat de Mallorca, etc. In addition, ECOTXE has the support of these and other Mallorcan, Spanish and European entities.
Our team is very familiar with the associative and cooperative network in Mallorca working for sustainability and the social market. In view of the absence of social economy options in the field of mobility, we have taken a step forward to meet this need by being consistent with the principles of sustainability.
The ECOTXE project won first prize in the Ethicum 2014 ethical business and social innovation projects competition in the category of entrepreneurship. The Ethicum awards are an initiative of Eticentre, the Rotary Club and the Department of Business Administration of the Balearic Islands University.