Carsharing started in Switzerland in the 1940s, where cooperatives bought homes and vehicles in timeshare to supply the high demand that existed at the time. Such was the success that the idea extended to countries such as France or Austria, helping to mitigate the effects of the oil crisis of 1973. Since then carsharing has only evolved, although always limited by lack of technology to manage the fleets efficiently.
With the Internet revolution and the arrival of smartphones , carsharing has received the necessary boost to consolidate itself as the main model of alternative mobility to the car owned in the main cities worldwide.
Such is the case of Madrid, the eighth European city with more than half a million users today (January 2019).
Several studies show that cities with less than 500,000 inhabitants can benefit from carsharing through the round-trip model . This is, origin and destination being the same point.
In turn, drivers who perform less than 12,000 km per year will save up to € 2,500 in costs for using this service.
Carsharing has come to stay. It’s only a matter of time before the driver reconsiders the option to change his mentality and decides to embrace this new paradigm of more economic, ecological and efficient mobility.