NOCAR CARGO pedalling towards a safer, sustainable, cleaner Wellington

29 July 2015

The Smart Energy Challenge is a Wellington-wide collaboration that brings together businesses, community partners, entrepreneurs and Wellington City Council to help sustainable business refine, connect, and launch their ideas for smarter energy in Wellington.

Nocar Cargo co-founder Russell picking up a delivery from Roman at Fix and Fogg.

Nocar Cargo co-founder Russell picking up a delivery from Roman at Fix and Fogg

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This is a new way for Council to tackle climate change by joining forces with our community and empowering Wellingtonians to create positive solutions.

Portfolio Leader for the Environment, Councillor David Lee says "This is the second year where Council has teamed up with our young entrepreneurs, social enterprise and business communities, to bring local smart energy projects to life.

I am inspired by the range and mix of projects, investments and partnership models, to help us achieve our climate change goals."

If the teams are successful in raising their target funds from the community, Wellington City Council will match the amount they have raised dollar for dollar.

Wellington is a city that already has a lot of people using methods other than cars to get around. Russell and Liberty from Newtown have a vision for Wellington where bikes play a larger part in how our city works. They are helping to make this happen with their bike deliveries project.

Fuelled by an enthusiasm for all things bike-related, NoCar Cargo offers cargo bikes as a viable means of transporting small to medium-sized goods around the Wellington CBD and surrounding suburbs, and provides people and businesses with bikes as an affordable and friendly option.

NoCar Cargo was one of five teams taking the 2015 Smart Energy Challenge.

For Russell and Liberty, the Challenge was a great chance to get their idea up and running, gain experience and learn what they need to make this project succeed. NoCar Cargo used the Smart Energy Challenge workshops to develop and launch their business.

One of their first customers is Fix and Fogg, artisan peanut butter makers based in Eva Street. Fix and Fogg co-founder Roman Jewell says having NoCar Cargo to deliver within the CBD is a great match for their product. “We believe in keeping things pure and simple. Russell helps us keep our philosophy alive all the way to the customer.”