Carshare service sees significant growth in North America
Posted: 9 August 2017 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
North America’s largest flexible one-way carshare service, car2go, saw an increase in use of its service in the first six months of 2017.
North America’s largest flexible one-way carshare service, car2go, saw a significant increase in use of its service during the first six months of 2017.
Usage of car2go increased by 40% year-over-year in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016 across all 11 of its locations in North American, with over 4.5 million trips taken so far this year.
Furthermore, car2go members have spent 33% more time traveling in car2gos in the first half of 2017 versus the first half of 2016, indicating that one-way carshare is gaining popularity as a convenient, affordable way to travel over varying distances.
“We are continually working to help more people in cities travel easily and affordably”
“car2go is an increasingly important part of more and more peoples’ lives, and it’s so satisfying to see how we are tangibly improving quality of life through carshare in cities across North America,” said Paul DeLong, CEO of car2go North America. “We are continually working to help more people in cities travel easily and affordably, and are in discussions with a number of additional cities who – like us – want to deliver the many economic and environmental benefits of one-way carsharing to their residents and visitors.”
“We found that one-way carsharing services were responsible for removing up to 11 other vehicles from urban streets”
“In July 2016, we released results of our three-year study examining the impact of one-way carsharing across five North American cities,” added said Dr. Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of the University of California Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Centre. “Across the cities, we found that one-way carsharing services, like car2go, were responsible for removing up to 11 other vehicles from urban streets, while also reducing carbon emissions on net. It’s encouraging to see that car2go’s membership not only continues to rise, but that car2go’s members are opting to choose carsharing more frequently when they travel.”
U.S. and Canadian car2go members have taken 37.5 million trips with car2go since the service launched in North America in late 2009 with its first location in Austin, Texas.