Citizen co-op CEDAN puts 101 shared EVs on Flemish streets
On Sunday, the starting shot was given in Bonheiden for the new citizen EV-sharing cooperation CEDAN, putting a fleet of 101 electric cars and vans on Belgian streets for sharing via a simple app. The fleet with six different models is charged as much as possible with locally produced green energy by solar panels.
Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), and Federal Minister for Energy, Tine Van der Straeten (Groen), were invited to present the new CEDAN at the font in Bonheiden, the municipality that offers several shared EVs.
Ten citizen cooperations
In CEDAN (Coöperatief Elektrisch Deelauto Netwerk) what translates as ‘Cooperative Electric Carsharing Network, a total of ten citizen cooperations are joining, which all allow people to invest (from €100 onward) in clean energy production or sustainable transport.
The initiative comes from Partago CV, a cooperative company based in Ghent that lets its members – 833 so far – invest (with a minimum of €250) in a fleet of shared electric cars and the Bruges-based likely-minded CoopStroom. The latter is a co-op specialized in financing and producing green energy with local initiatives. It’s now investing rapidly in a supplementary EV fleet to be rolled out in West-Flanders.
Other cooperations joining CEDAN, are Beauvent, Druifkracht, Ecopower, EcoOb, Energent, Klimaan, Vlaskracht1, and ZuidtrAnt. All active in clean energy, with a total of 75 000 citizen investors. All are members of the Flemish and European umbrella organization REScoop. The latter stands for ‘Renewable Energy Sources Cooperatives’ and represents 1 900 European energy cooperatives.
Fleet of 101 EVs and growing
All citizen investors of the ten cooperations joining CEDAN can use the Partago-CoopStroom shared EV fleet without the initial €250 downpayment to create an account. The fleet is scattered today over a dozen cities like Ghent, Leuven, Bonheiden, Brasschaat, Mortsel, Bruges, Harelbeke, Torhout, and Heist.
The app used for car-sharing was developed by The Mobility Factory (TMF), an initiative of three citizen cooperations (among which Partago) who found each other at REScoop. TMF provides the e-car sharing platform for its members.
Smart bi-directional charging
As the other citizen corporations will invest in additional vehicles shortly, the fleet is expected to grow further. The cars and vans, from Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona to the Renault Kangoo ZE, and Nissan e-NV200, are charged where possible with locally produced green energy.
Cooperations Klimaan and ZuidtrAnt are working on smart bi-directional charging points, which allow charging at a low cost when green energy is abundant and using the car’s battery as a grid backup for selling back electricity when needed.