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.|