How will Car Share expansion change urban transport?

How will Car Share expansion change urban transport?

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How will Car Share expansion change urban transport?

This important new event will explore the fast expanding concept of ‘collective car’ provision and The news that Avis have bought Zipcar, and that car2go (run by Daimler, Mercedes’s parent company) have begun building up carshare operations around London, has further highlighted the potential of this sector.

Following the model of big city bike hire schemes with vehicles that can be picked up at one location, and dropped off at another, as a spur-of-the-moment decision, such schemes have massive potential for growth. Daimler’s ‘car2go’ is now successfully operating and growing in 17 cities in Europe and North America.

Car share schemes charge for the time a driver is using the car, plus an annual membership. London is now seen as a key target for such schemes, with a significant potential market waiting to be tapped. Interest in car sharing schemes on the part of established motor manufacturers and traditional car hire companies is a sign of the growing maturity of the on-demand car share market, and an indicator of its future importance.

The Avis deal will offer improved convenience to Zipcar members, who will gain access to Avis’s massive fleet. This will matter most on weekends, when Zipcar is usually short of cars and Avis short on customers.

There are other models too - reflecting the new power of social networking and collective action, redefining how people think about their cars, and being ready to share them. Peer-to-peer (P2P) services allow individuals to share their personal cars directly with others, changing the efficiency of vehicles against their capital and standing costs dramatically.

Read more on this story HERE, and join in the discussion on the future of car sharing at Contact24’s Car Share and Urban Mobility Conference in Brussels on 9th July.

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