When will cars be replaced

In many cities today, the streets are mostly for cars. All other road users - especially pedestrians and cyclists - are marginalized. This is not only unfair, it also affects the quality of stay. So it's no wonder that, according to a study by the Federal Environment Agency, 82 percent of Germans would like to have fewer cars in their cities.

On average, German cars stand idle at the roadside for almost 23 hours a day. Sharing cars therefore makes sense. CarSharing users often no longer see the need for their own car and are doing away with it. With station-based car sharing, this rate is particularly high: 78 percent of customers in residential areas close to the city center no longer have their own car. A single station-based car sharing vehicle replaces up to 20 private cars there.

CarSharing ensures a better quality of life

Each CarSharing vehicle frees up to 99 meters of the curb of parked cars through its replacement service. In terms of parking space, that's 228 square meters. Today this area is immediately parked up again by cars moving up. We believe that cities and municipalities should use the areas that are freed up for pedestrians, cyclists, more greenery and more playgrounds. Car sharing can make our cities more livable.

CarSharing enables more flexible mobility behavior

CarSharing enables a flexible choice of means of transport. The ecologically sensible alternatives to the car benefit from this in particular. In a study by the bcs, 40 percent of CarSharing customers report a decrease in the use of their car after the start of CarSharing membership. 19 percent use buses and trains more often. 14 percent get on their bike more often. The changes in households that have been able to get rid of their own cars thanks to CarSharing are even greater: here, 70 percent drive less cars, 40 percent drive more buses and trains and 32 percent cycle more often.

The reason for this change also has to do with money. Cars are expensive. Anyone who owns a car has already used up large parts of their mobility budget due to the high fixed costs before they have driven the first kilometer. That makes it attractive to use the car as often as possible - even for trips on which other means of transport would actually be more suitable. It is different with CarSharing: since you only pay for what you actually use, money is left for other mobility options. The alternatives to the car benefit from this: CarSharing makes you flexible and that makes your own mobility more ecological.

Car sharing fleets are more energy efficient and emit less CO2 out

The English car sharing association Carplus regularly examines the CO2-Emissions from CarSharing vehicles in England and Wales. Result: In 2014 a car sharing vehicle emitted an average of 98.0 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The rest of the car population in England and Wales averaged 153.9 grams per kilometer. No national figures are available for Germany - but there are some comparative values. The provider cambio, for example, measures 102 grams of CO for its fleet2-Emissions per kilometer while the average new car brings it to 132.8 grams, according to KBA.

There are three reasons for this difference:

  • Car-sharing vehicles are on average more modern than the rest of the car fleet.
  • Car-sharing vehicles are, on average, smaller and more energy-efficient than the rest of the passenger car fleet (because they were purchased more specifically for specific customer uses).
  • The proportion of electric vehicles in car-sharing fleets is significantly higher than in the rest of the national car fleet.

Unfortunately, we cannot yet replace the above calculation examples with newer figures because the car manufacturers have cheated and cheated on the emission values ​​for years.

You can find more information on the traffic-relieving effect of CarSharing in our fact sheet.


Federal Environment Agency (2015): Environmental Awareness Study 2014: "The majority of respondents would like to move away from car-centered urban planning: redesigning cities and municipalities in such a way that they turn away from car traffic and turn to short footpaths, bicycles and local public transport meets with very high approval (82 percent). In the case of young people (14 to 17 year olds), even 92 percent are in favor of this redesign. The car-centered city has obviously long been seen by many as a burden rather than a relief in everyday life. "

bcs (2016): More space to live - how car sharing relieves cities