Car sharing is one of the key drivers behind an environmental transition to more eco-friendly mobility, but it will never completely replace individual car ownership.

Car sharing must fulfill individual consumer needs to be successful; to this end, this study utilized social practice theory (SPT) to understand how car sharing self-replicates.

Cost Savings

Car sharing offers a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to vehicle ownership and provides access to transportation for people who may otherwise find it too costly or unavailable.

Car-sharing services allow members to rent vehicles for an affordable fee that covers insurance, maintenance, fuel and parking – significantly lowering costs associated with owning and maintaining one – saving an average member an estimated $7,823 annually in savings alone! In addition, these services allow people to sell their personal vehicles which could provide them with extra funds that can go toward debt repayment, emergency savings or travel.

Car sharing can also be an effective means of alleviating traffic congestion and parking requirements in urban areas, encouraging more people to use public transit and walk or cycle for shorter trips, further decreasing environmental impacts. Car sharing also presents employers with an attractive option that saves costs while improving team bonding and encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Time Savings

Car sharing allows people to access vehicles on-demand, helping reduce vehicle ownership and alleviate traffic congestion while supporting sustainable urban mobility.

People use car sharing services to reduce expenses and avoid the hassle of owning and maintaining their own vehicles. These companies provide vehicles at a fraction of the cost of traditional rental services and often include fuel in their fees. Car sharing also makes for great insurance savings while alleviating maintenance expenses.

Car sharing services offer users the chance to sidestep financing costs, which can be an enormously helpful financial saving when facing other debts or living on fixed incomes. They may also save on parking costs in expensive areas; and avoid depreciation in their vehicle’s resale value and costly repairs altogether.

Environmental Impact

Traffic congestion isn’t only an inconvenience for city-dwellers; it also impacts our planet. By opting for car sharing instead of owning one, households can reduce their ecological impact significantly – one shared vehicle can replace up to 20 personal cars on our streets, decreasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

Car-sharing services typically offer more efficient cars with higher environmental ratings. Furthermore, some providers have begun offering fleets of electric vehicles; Aimo in Belgium or Poppy in Sweden are two such examples that have introduced large quantities of these scooters into their offerings.

Car sharing will reduce parking needs, enabling city planners to use this land more productively for green spaces or housing instead. This will decrease car usage on roads while improving air quality – this is especially welcome news for those suffering from health conditions aggravated by poor air quality. Furthermore, it may encourage sustainable travel modes like public transport.


Car sharing has numerous safety implications that should not be discounted. By taking advantage of shared vehicles, people can avoid becoming caught in traffic congestion and avoid public transport stations that are overcrowded with passengers. Furthermore, members can select from an array of car models available through this service; making this service safer and more convenient than using taxis or public buses.

Car-sharing members have reported an upsurge in usage during the pandemic due to its economic benefits and alternative forms of transport; as well as its environmental-friendliness.

Apart from these factors, several others are also essential for understanding how car sharing affects urban mobility. These include factors related to transportation infrastructure and user approaches towards sustainable forms of transport such as electric car-sharing. It is crucial that one considers whether their fleet includes electric vehicles that are easy to use when making this assessment.

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