Citizen cooperatives which implement electric carsharing projects have emerged over the past few years and networking structures for supporting cooperative e-carsharing are currently emerging. Electric carsharing is a particularly interesting topic for existing energy cooperatives because it provides an opportunity to deepen their Co2-reduction, expand their activities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive mobility. But how can such projects be organized successfully? How can network organizations and policy makers support such projects? What are common barriers? And what are the synergies with existing energy cooperatives?

To explore this topic, two ECCO partners, being the department of Geography of the Philipps-University of Marburg and LochemEnergie ( member) invite you to join their free online workshop on Thursday, October 29th from 10:00 to 12:00.


10:00 – 11:00: Status, success factors and networks of cooperative e-carsharing (Julian Schwabe)
11:00 – 12:00: Application of E-carsharing at LochemEnergie (Tonnie Tekelenburg) in the Netherlands

The sessions are in English and consist of about 30 minutes presentation, followed by questions and answers.


Please register per e-mail to Julian Schwabe.
Please state your organization and location and indicate with one sentence if you have e-carsharing in operation or are interested in starting it. The workshop will be held online. The link will be provided to all registered participants beforehand.

For further questions please contact Julian Schwabe.

About the speakers

Julian Schwabe is a post-doc researcher at the Working Group on Regional Studies at the Department of Geography, University of Marburg. His research focuses on sustainable transitions in the mobility and energy sectors. In particular, he is interested in the potential of citizen projects as drivers of sustainable development. His most recent publication explores the status quo and intermediate organizations in cooperative e-carsharing in Germany.

Tonnie Tekelenburg was founding father in 2010, board member and then project employee of the citizens-led energy cooperative LochemEnergie, the Netherlands. He supports teambuilding, project development for innovations and regional cooperation between sister-cooperatives. As a beacon organization in the ECCO project LochemEnergie provides information and tools for developing a start-up citizen initiative towards a grown-up cooperative. Tonnie has been working on setting up e-carsharing service for 6 years and some innovative strategies to get people out of their private fossil fuel cars will be explained.

This is an event of the EU Interreg NWE project ECCO (Creating new local Energy Community Co-Operatives). It is organized by the Department of Geography of the Philipps-University of Marburg and LochemEnergie.