, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 363–382 | Cite as

The cost saving potential of carsharing in a US context

  • Michael DuncanEmail author


Carsharing is a vehicle sharing service for those with occasional need of private transportation. Transportation planners are beginning to see great potential for carsharing in helping to create a more diversified and sustainable transport system. While it has grown quickly in the US in recent years, it is still far from the level where it can deliver significant aggregate benefits. A key element to the potential growth of carsharing is its ability to provide cost savings to those who adopt it in favor of vehicle ownership. This research seeks to quantify these potential cost savings. The costs of carsharing and vehicle ownership are compared based on actual vehicle usage patterns from a large survey of San Francisco Bay Area residents. The results of this analysis show that a significant minority of Bay Area households own a vehicle with a usage pattern that carsharing could accommodate at a lower cost. Further research is required to indentify how these cost savings translate to the adoption of carsharing.


Carsharing Travel behavior Vehicle usage patterns VKT Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Earth SciencesUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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