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Vancouver-based car-sharing service exceeds 100,000 members

The uptake of car sharing services continues to reach ever-impressive numbers. It was announced this week that Car2Go, a service that operates in many of the largest European and North American cities, has now exceeded the 100,000 user mark in Vancouver. 

Licensed under CC: credit Flickr user - Michael Andersen
Licensed under CC: credit Flickr user – Michael Andersen

This means that one in six Vancouver residents now subscribe to Car2Go’s services, and the company has between 1200 and 1400 shareable smart cars operating in the city.

The local sharing economy kicked into a higher gear Monday with an announcement that Vancouver has become the first city in the world to exceed 100,000 Car2Go members. According to the company, users have driven around 33.6 million kilometres since the company launched in 2011, an average of about six kilometres per trip.

A recent report released by Todd Litman, founder of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, suggests that, “car-sharing schemes typically reduce average vehicle use by 40-60% among drivers who rely on it”. Moreover, car-sharing tends to be the cheaper option for drivers who travel less than 10,000 km per year, the research uncovered.

Source: Car2Go reaches world first in Vancouver – 100,000 members

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