New look for carshare co-op

The Kootenay Carshare Co-op has experienced some exciting changes this fall

The Kootenay Carshare Co-op has experienced some exciting changes this fall. It has launched its new website — — and purchased its first SUV.

Since July, Kootenay Carshare staff have been working with local graphic design team Frolix to get their redesigned website up and running, and as of October 15, it went live for the public to use.

“The new website will answer all your questions about how carsharing works, give you the lowdown on the vehicles and breakdown the initial and monthly costs of membership,” says Kooteney Carshare Co-op manager Colleen Matte.

Visitors will also find interactive features like a trip cost calculator and emissions calculator; they can link to the Carshare’s social media pages, and signup for newsletters. Businesses will find a section that details how the Carshare’s Community Company Car program can improve their bottom line and reduce their liabilities. Funding for the website came from a grant from the Co-operative Development Initiative.

This fall, the Carshare purchased its first SUV — a four-wheel drive Jeep Liberty. This is a slight departure for the organization. They have always had cars, trucks and vans to meet their members’ diverse needs, but this is their first sports utility vehicle.

“The decision to purchase the vehicle was made based on feedback from the carshare’s membership,” says Matte. “Members indicated they were interested in more four wheel drive vehicles with higher clearance that could transport passengers comfortably into the backcountry.”

This vehicle will help reduce emissions by allowing members to access the vehicle only when they need it and use more fuel efficient cars when they can. The new SUV is located on Chatham Street near the corner of Second Avenue in Fairview.

For more information call 250-352-2033 or visit the Carshare’s Nelson office at 410 Hall Street.


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