monthly minimum" program, where you make up the difference between the revenues generated by users and the minimum amount - typically between $1,500 and $2,000 per vehicle per month, depending on the type vehicles that are placed. The provider handles all aspects - placing the vehicles, maintenance, cleaning, etc. As with any carshare, drivers are responsible for filling the gas tank whenever it drops below 1/4 (using a fleet gas card), or plugging in a EV when they return it. This guaranteed monthly minimum gives the building owner real incentive to promote the option to residents in order to reduce the monthly subsidy.
|Example of a publicly accessible garage allowing|
vehicles to be used by both residents and other
|Cell phone signals (needed for the on-board telematics unit |
in each car rarely work in underground garages.
The Harbor Steps Case Study
- They made a bulk buy of hours from the local carsharing company, Flexcar, so they got the lowest usage rate possible
- They figured out that a substantial number of tenants didn't actually use their 5 hours every month so they were only paying a fraction of what it would have cost them if every resident had used their full amount.
Note to carshare operators: this arrangement was also very attractive to Flexcar since it brought them a bunch of new customers, and, for those who used a car, their trips were often longer than the 5 free hours per month that Harbor Steps was subsidizing, so Flexcar got additional revenue at the normal retail rate. (Warning: something that Flexcar didn't anticipate was how difficult it was going to be to program their software to split the trip charges at different rates. So don't try this until you've talked to your IT department!)
definitely not as secure and much more labor intensive (although possibly a residents committee would take on the management). The real challenge would be finding appropriate insurance, which won't be easy since typical carshare insurance is a specialized fleet policy, not available from the usual personal auto insurers. Insurance for this kind of "informal" carsharing can be a big issue and should be the first task in setting up this kind of service.