The different types of carsharing for companies and public authorities

Car-sharing is an increasingly popular mode of transport for businesses and communities, offering a flexible and sustainable alternative to individual vehicle ownership.

There are different types of carsharing, for different uses and needs,

Car-sharing loops

 

Loop carsharing is a specific mode of operation in which the vehicles in a fleet are parked at specific locations and must be returned to their initial point of departure.

This type of car-sharing is often used in companies, where car-sharing vehicles are made available to employees for business travel.

The main advantage of company car-sharing is that it guarantees vehicle availability at a given location. Employees can easily reserve a vehicle for their company and be sure to find it where it is parked.

From the user’s point of view, loop carsharing, because it requires the vehicle to be returned to its starting point, offers less flexibility.

On the other hand, for the fleet manager, loop car-sharing is much easier to manage, since he can be sure of finding his cars at a given site, and doesn’t have to worry about having to transport business vehicles.

In short, loop carsharing is ideally suited to businesses where vehicles need to be parked on specific sites. It guarantees the availability of vehicles for employees and enables efficient management of business travel.

Car sharing
one-way
or one-way carsharing

 

One-way or inter-site car-sharing is a model in which vehicles can be returned to various predefined locations. Communities often talk about car-sharing stations. In companies, these are usually the various sites or offices.

The main idea behind one-way carsharing is to enable users to pick up a vehicle at one location and drop it off at another, without having to return to their initial point of departure.

This model is ideal for one-way trips. And as the vehicle becomes immediately available at the destination, it’s a model that further optimizes vehicle rotation. On the other hand, this type of car-sharing requires more planning and logistics on the part of the fleet manager.

In conclusion, one-way or inter-site car-sharing is an effective mobility solution for companies and local authorities with multiple sites and whose employees need one-way journeys. By offering a flexible return of vehicles to a number of predefined locations, this solution ensures optimum utilization of the vehicle fleet and reduces costs.

However, careful logistical planning is required to ensure effective coordination of the vehicle fleet between the different sites.

Car-sharing
free floating

 

Free-floating carsharing is another carsharing model that offers users optimum flexibility, even greater than that offered by one-way carsharing.

This model is particularly well-suited to the needs of car-sharing for the general public, in a B2C context. Specific mobile applications enable users to locate and reserve vehicles in real time, facilitating their availability and use.

Free-floating car-sharing offers users a high degree of flexibility, enabling them to take advantage of self-service vehicles within a defined geographical area. For a fleet manager, on the other hand, logistics and fleet planning are far more complex. Mobile applications play a key role in booking and locating vehicles in real time.

Car-sharing between fleets of different companies (inter-company)

 

Inter-company car-sharing is a mobility solution that enables companies to share their fleet of vehicles. By pooling their fleets, companies can optimize the use of their vehicles and significantly improve their mobility.

One of the main advantages of inter-company car-sharing is cost reduction. By sharing a fleet of vehicles, companies avoid having to invest in the purchase of new vehicles or in the maintenance of their existing ones. This results in substantial savings.

What’s more, with inter-company car-sharing, each company can independently manage its employees’ journeys. Thanks to online booking tools or dedicated mobile applications, users can easily reserve a vehicle according to their needs and availability, without having to make a prior request.

By opting for inter-company car-sharing, companies also contribute to a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) approach by encouraging the pooling of resources and reducing the carbon footprint associated with business travel.

In conclusion, whichever carsharing method you choose, the advantages are numerous. They include greater flexibility, lower costs and reduced environmental impact.

In short, carsharing offers a sustainable mobility solution for businesses and local authorities.

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