Car-sharing increases the quality of urban life by reducing congestion and pollution in large cities.
The carsharing trend spreading around the world is mainly seen in highly urbanized areas, as consumers and businesses want to take advantage of urban mobility solutions, pushing carsharing to the top choices. In the Netherlands there were only 14,000 shared cars, but this number skyrocketed to 87,825 cars in 2021, while the number of car-sharingers will reach 971,000. According to a report by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the steady growth is mainly due to the rapid development of consumer-to-consumer (C2C) services. According to the report, a shared car replaces four to eight private cars, and the space saved by a shared car is about 36-38m2, reducing the cost of parking facilities and the lack of space in urban areas.
Similar to research in the Netherlands, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) followed hundreds of City CarShare subscribers in San Francisco over 18 months. During this time, the average mileage savings appear to be 20,900 km, 2,725 liters of petrol and 9,072 kg of CO2. In addition, nearly a third of subscribers sold one or more of their cars and two-thirds gave up on buying an additional car.
Car-sharing has a promising future, especially in Europe, where the market volume is expected to reach 4 to 5 billion euros by 2030. With rising fuel and energy prices pushing the total cost of ownership ( TCO) for both internal combustion engines (ICEs) and electric vehicles (EVs), the car sharing industry must work hard to deliver innovation and flexibility in its solutions.