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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:06 PM   #1
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So what carsharing services are available in your city/country?

Car sharing

So what carsharing services are available in your city/country?

In Houston there is ZipCar which is also available in several other US cities.

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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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Occasional Car is a car sharing service in the Denver area. There is also another car sharing service known as eGo in Boulder (a college town located northwest of Denver).
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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United Kingdom

The most famous car club in the UK is:





(I wasn't expecting this picture to be so big, but it was a Fiat 500 with the above logo on the door)

Portugal:

I have no idea, but there's probably something in Lisbon
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:48 AM   #4
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I joined Zipcar in the fall of 2007. (Actually, it was called Flexcar at the time; it merged with Zipcar a few months later. I don't think Zipcar had been present in Philadelphia until then.) Zipcar is a for-profit business; there's also a non-profit called PhillyCarShare.

I used Zipcar a lot for about a year, then (due to family circumstances) started using my Dad's car because I needed to be at my parents' every weekend, and ended up buying it. Zipcar's a lot more expensive (for the amount of driving I was doing) than owning a car in this neighborhood if the car's already paid for. And there are no mileage restrictions in owning my own car; road-tripping in a Zipcar could be prohibitive.

I maintain my Zipcar membership just in case my own car's in the shop at a time I need it - I believe I've used Zipcar once in the two-and-a-half years since I started using Dad's car.

Daniel, Zipcar does have a presence in London, which I look forward to being able to take advantage of some day.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #5
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In the Netherlands a common car sharing service is greenwheels. I remember there used to be more but nowadays this is the only one in Groningen.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #6
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There is also AutoDate in the Netherlands. I doubt if it's very popular, I rarely seem them.

The Netherlands was traditionally a country with a relatively low automobile ownership, lower than many other European countries, however automobile ownership is on the rise, in the past 10 years the number of passenger cars increased by 1.3 million or 20%, which is much more than population growth.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #7
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In Switzerland there is Mobility. 2500 cars of different types, about 70000 customers. Not bad for a small country.
Mobility has been around since 1987, and can be rightfully considered a car sharing pioneer. A lot of the technology they developed is now used by other car sharing organisations, for that purpose Mobility has spun of the business of develloping Car sharing software and hardware in a different company; Mobility International
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #8
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In Paris there is autopartage, different companies offer it, one of them http://www.caisse-commune.com/video.html (nice video).
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In Paris there is autopartage, different companies offer it, one of them http://www.caisse-commune.com/video.html (nice video).
Is that something a visitor could take advantage of, or do you need to have a French driver's license, live in Paris, whatever? (When I joined Zipcar they needed my driver's license as part of the application.)
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Old May 8th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #10
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Zipcar has a bunch of ads at my university outside Washington DC and I've seen their cars driving around every once in a while.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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Is that something a visitor could take advantage of, or do you need to have a French driver's license, live in Paris, whatever? (When I joined Zipcar they needed my driver's license as part of the application.)
http://www.caisse-commune.com/service,condition.html just a driving licence that allows driving in France.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 07:01 PM   #12
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after velib for bicycles, they are lauching autolib for cars in Paris. some photos:

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I don't know if only 5 parkings at each station will be enough.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 10:28 PM   #13
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In Toronto we have Zipcar as well. Never used it though.
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The Netherlands was traditionally a country with a relatively low automobile ownership, lower than many other European countries, however automobile ownership is on the rise, in the past 10 years the number of passenger cars increased by 1.3 million or 20%, which is much more than population growth.
I'm guessing this is for areas in the Netherlands where there are no train/rail services in the city centre.

For metropolitan areas or capitals (like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hague/Den Haag), those places have train/rail transport so it's covered.

But for places without train (like perhaps Groningen), I guess it's either you walk, ride a bike, take a taxi.........or rent a car.

Just a thought though maybe ChrisZwolle, you know more about what's going on regarding this.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 08:52 AM   #15
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Well, Greenwheels has a bunch of locations here in Tilburg (Netherlands). I don't think they are contracting. What they did was a massive relocation of their cars to places close to residential areas (post codes) where people more likely to use them live.

AFAIK, AutoDate is the "generic" name they give for car-sharing, so an AutoDate parking spot can be assigned to Greenwheels or other competitor.

There is also ConnectCar, which specialized in smaller cars (like Smart, Punto etc.) They have a presence in major cities.

In Switzerland, Mobility-CH is probably one of the largest, if not the largest, car sharing scheme in Europe.
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For metropolitan areas or capitals (like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hague/Den Haag), those places have train/rail transport so it's covered.
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Is it?

No idea about the Netherlands, but I think a lot of people who use that sort of service here - including me, during the year between joining Zipcar and getting my own car - use it when they have lots of stuff to carry (they're moving, or doing major shopping....) Hard to take furniture, or ten bags of groceries, on a train....
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I think I'm gonna give a try this autolib. It costs about 12€ a month, so it's much cheaper that any sort of parking, and you have guaranteed parking place at your destination.

The only disadvantage might be that you can never abandon your car, only if you leave it at the autolib station. So you can't really go shopping for exemple, if there's no stations any close.
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Some other carsharing services found in the US.





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Is it?

No idea about the Netherlands, but I think a lot of people who use that sort of service here - including me, during the year between joining Zipcar and getting my own car - use it when they have lots of stuff to carry (they're moving, or doing major shopping....) Hard to take furniture, or ten bags of groceries, on a train....
I agree, at least in Sweden the carsharing services have really only been successful in and around the bigger cities, where there's plenty of public transportation available. Like Penn's Wood is pointing out, there are plenty of situations where you need to use a car, regardless of how good or efficient the public transportation system is. Shopping, going to see friends and family over the weekend etc. If you live someplace really remote I doubt carsharing is really an option.
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I think I'm gonna give a try this autolib. It costs about 12€ a month, so it's much cheaper that any sort of parking, and you have guaranteed parking place at your destination.

The only disadvantage might be that you can never abandon your car, only if you leave it at the autolib station. So you can't really go shopping for exemple, if there's no stations any close.
You mean you're not allowed to park it in regular parking places, just autolib ones?
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