Innovative Mobility Carsharing Outlook: Carsharing Market Overview, Analysis, and Trends - Summer 2013


Berkeley, July 1, 2013 – The University of California, Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), a leading provider of independent shared-use vehicle research, announced the release of its Summer 2013 carsharing market outlook. Susan Shaheen and TSRC have been tracking carsharing developments worldwide since 1997.

“Carsharing in North America reached over 1 million carsharing members in January 2013,” said Susan Shaheen. ”We are delighted to share that we are working on a peer-to-peer carsharing study in North America, funded by the University of California Transportation Center, and plan to release results this fall. Other exciting news is our upcoming “Shared-Use Mobility Summit,” which will be held in San Francisco, California on October 10-11, 2013. The summit will bring together a diverse range of industry experts—including carsharing, bikesharing, ridesharing, and ridematching—as well as policy makers, governmental agencies, insurance companies, auto makers, technologists, academics, non-profits, and the media.” See: www.sharedusesummit.org/.

Upcoming studies also include carsharing linked to electric bikesharing in the San Francisco Bay Area, which will begin this summer/fall. This study is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). We are working closely with City CarShare on this effort, as well as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Another study will focus on one-way carsharing, which is also funded by FHWA and Caltrans; it will launch during the same time frame. We are working with car2go on this initiative and plan to augment the scope to include other one-way services (e.g., DriveNow, Communauto, Bolloré Group/Autolib’).

The carsharing outlook highlights the following market developments:

North American Carsharing:

  • As of January 1, 2013, there were 46 active programs in North America with 1,033,564 members sharing 15,603 vehicles.
  • As of January 1, 2013, 20 Canadian operators claimed 141,351 members and shared 3,432 vehicles. In the United States, 891,953 members shared 12,131 vehicles among 25 operators. In Mexico, 620 members shared 40 vehicles among one operator.
  • Between January 2012 and January 2013, carsharing membership grew 24.1 percent in the United States and 53.4 percent in Canada. Between January 2012 and January 2013, carsharing fleets grew 23.6 percent in the United States and 35.9 percent in Canada.
  • As of January 1, 2013, U.S. member-vehicle ratios were 73:1, representing a 0.4-percent increase between January 2012 and January 2013. In Canada, the ratio was 41:1, representing a 12.9-percent increase over this same period.


Worldwide Carsharing:
  • As of October 2012, carsharing was operating in 27 countries and 5 continents, accounting for an estimated 1,788,000 members sharing over 43,550 vehicles.
  • North America remains the largest carsharing region, with Europe and North America accounting for 38.7% and 50.8% of worldwide carsharing membership, respectively.
  • Europe accounts for the majority of fleets deployed in 2012: 47.0% in contrast to 36.2% in North America.
  • As of October 2012, one-way carsharing was operating in seven countries worldwide including (Austria, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States).
Personal Vehicle Sharing:

  • As of October 2012, there were 33 personal vehicle sharing operators worldwide, with 10 active or in pilot phase, three planned, and four defunct in North America.


Recent Publications


Shaheen, Susan A, and Adam P Cohen. "Carsharing and Personal Vehicle Services: Worldwide Market Developments and Emerging Trends." International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 7, No. 1 (2013). Pre-print available on-line at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15568318.2012.660103#preview.


Shaheen, Susan A, Elliot W Martin, Adam P Cohen, and Rachel S Finson. Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator and User Understanding. Research Report 11-26, San Jose: Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012.


Shaheen, Susan A, Mark A Mallery, and Karla J Kingsley. "Personal Vehicle Sharing Services in North America." Research in Transportation Business & Management, 2012: Pages 71-81.


About Transportation Sustainability Research Center


The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) was formed in 2006. TSRC is managed by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. TSRC uses a wide range of analysis and evaluation tools including: questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, automated data collection systems, and simulation models to collect data and perform analysis and data interpretation. The center develops impartial findings and recommendations for key issues of interest to policymakers to aid in decision making. In addition to the center’s shared-use vehicle research, key studies include: ecodriving for private vehicles and freight; smart parking management for public transit and trucks; fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles and infrastructure; and older mobility.

SOURCE: Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley

For further information:
Adam Cohen, Research Associate, TSRC, 661-912-2986, apcohen@berkeley.edu


The full Outlook can be found below.



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