Monday, April 12, 2021
As you can see I've been away from my blog for quite a while. Retirement is great. Please indulge me while I share a bit of history about the early days of carsharing — the birth of my start up company, CarSharing Portland Inc., in 1998; and the launch of Flexcar and Zipcar two years later. It's here in the first installment of a history of carsharing by Tyler Phillipi.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The comparison (PDF) not only used cost of a new car, which most comparison use, but additional scenarios of 5 year and 13 year old used vehicles. The study compared driving
- 1,000 miles annually (19 miles per week)
- 3,000 miles annually (38.5 miles per week)
- 6,000 miles annually (115 miles per week)
Comparisons were made for both one-way and round trip services. Possible costs of parking a private car were not included in the cost of ownership.
The results won't surprise those familiar with carsharing economics:
- 1,000 miles per year - All car-share options are less expensive than even owning a new car
- 3,000 miles per year - Car-sharing is equal or less expensive than most car-ownership scenarios
- 6,000 miles over year - Car-share is less expensive than owning a new car but not 5 and 13 year old used cars
- Under 2,000 VMT annually, car-share appears the most economically efficient on a household level.
- Over 6,000 VMT annually, car ownership is, in almost all cases, economically more efficient than car-share.
- Car-share services are best used as regular first-last-mile connectors and for infrequent trip taking.
- Arlington residents owning more than one vehicle or considering buying their first vehicle are most likely to realize considerable savings by using car-share.
The county's TDM website, CommuterPage describes carsharing options like this,
Friday, April 06, 2018
This is a short chronology of CarSharing Portland and the start of carsharing in the US, based on announcements in CSP member newsletters and other documents.
VW Beetle); these articles had significant influence on Dave Brook.
April 2nd. Carsharing has come a long way since then.
I'll be posting a timeline of CarSharing Portland (CSP) soon and am planning a series of posts describing the founding and activities of CSP. To get notified when they appear, subscribe to this blog (link in the righthand column).
|Rex Burkholder and Dave Brook
|Dave, Maren Souders and Russell Martin - the CarSharing Portland crew.
|Maren, Dave & Russell.
|Nina DeConcini tells another story. Steven Scott, Francie Royce & Ed Mcnamera are also visible
|Long time carshare advocate, Steve Gutmann, shows one of the signs from the original carsharing office.
Todd Boulanger, then with the City of Vancouver, Washington's transportation department, shows two no parking signs from the first on-street parking space reserved for carsharing vehicles.
|Russell, Maren, Dave
|Dave getting nostalgic after a beer at the Lucky Lab brewpub.