Car Sharing
Topics: Insurance, North America, Electric vehicle, Parking, Damage waiver, Zipcar / Pages: 34 (8340 words) / Published: Nov 19th, 2010

CARSHARING IN NORTH AMERICA:
MARKET GROWTH, CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS, AND FUTURE POTENTIAL

Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D. Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation, University of California, Davis, & Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader, California PATH University of California, Berkeley th 1357 S. 46 Street. Bldg 452; Richmond, CA 94804-4648 510-665-3483 (O); 510-665-3537 (F); sashaheen@path.berkeley.edu Adam P. Cohen Student Researcher, California PATH University of California, Berkeley 1357 S. 46th Street. Bldg 452; Richmond, CA 94804-4648 510-665-3646 (O); 510-665-3537 (F); apcohen@path.berkeley.edu and J. Darius Roberts Graduate Student Researcher, California PATH/UC Davis Campus University of California, Berkeley th 1357 S. 46 Street. Bldg 452; Richmond, CA 94804-4648 510-665-3616 (O); 510-665-3537 (F); droberts@path.berkeley.edu

Submission for the Transportation Research Board November 15, 2005

Manuscript Word Count: 7,500

Shaheen, Cohen, Roberts ABSTRACT

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Carsharing provides members access to a fleet of autos for short-term use throughout the day, reducing the need for one or more personal vehicles. Over ten years ago, carsharing operators began to appear in North America. Since 1994, a total of 40 programs have been deployed—28 are operating in 36 urban areas, and 12 are now defunct. Another four are planned to launch in the next year. This paper examines carsharing growth potential in North America, based on a survey of 26 existing organizations conducted from April to July 2005. Since the mid-1990s, the number of members and vehicles supported by carsharing in the U.S. and Canada continues to grow, despite program closures. The three largest providers in the U.S. and Canada both support 94% of the total carsharing membership. Growth potential in major metropolitan regions is estimated at 10% of individuals over the age of 21 in North America. While carsharing continues to gain popularity and market share, the authors conclude that



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