What is carsharing?

Car-sharing is a fast-growing mobility solution, enabling several people to use a shared vehicle for occasional or regular journeys. When it comes to mobility solutions, the options are really wide. But if you’re looking for a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly way of getting around than driving alone, car-sharing is your only option.

This solution is part of a sustainable development approach and offers numerous economic and ecological advantages. In this article, we’ll tell you all about carsharing and why it’s an interesting mobility solution for you, whether you’re an individual, a company or a local authority.

What is carsharing?

Car-sharing is a system for renting cars between private individuals or businesses. Unlike traditional car rental, car sharing enables several people to share the same car, according to their needs and schedules. The vehicle can be reserved in advance or in real time, via a mobile application or dedicated website.

How does carsharing work?

The way carsharing works can vary from provider to provider and from country to country. In general, the vehicle is fitted with an electronic box that enables it to be located and unlocked remotely, using a smartphone or magnetic card. This allows the renter to access the reserved vehicle, complete the journey and return it at the end of the rental period.

What are the advantages of carsharing?

Car-sharing offers many advantages, including :

  • Economical: carsharing reduces the cost of purchasing, maintaining and insuring an individual vehicle. Users only pay for the time they use the vehicle, and can therefore reduce their transport budget.
  • Ecological: carsharing reduces the environmental impact of car traffic, by limiting the number of vehicles on the road. Shared vehicles are often newer and more fuel-efficient than individual cars.
  • Practical: car-sharing lets you have a vehicle at your disposal at any time, without having to bear the costs and constraints of owning an individual vehicle. Users can thus adapt their mode of transport to suit their needs.
  • Convivial: carsharing enables you to meet other users of the service, share tips and tricks on how to use the vehicle, and create social links between users.

The different types of carsharing

There are different types of carsharing, depending on the provider and the country:

  • Free-floating car-sharing: vehicles are available on a self-service basis on city streets, without dedicated parking. Users can pick up and drop off the vehicle anywhere within a defined area.
  • Dedicated car-sharing parking: vehicles are parked in dedicated spaces at dedicated stations. Users can reserve a vehicle in advance and return it to the same station.
  • Company or local authority car-sharing: companies make shared vehicles available to their employees for business travel. It’s important to point out that these professional applications can be adapted for employees’ personal use (in the evenings to get home, or for weekends and vacations).

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