Round-trip carsharing: all the benefits of a car, without the downsides

Context of the study

In 2013, 6t teamed up with Citiz (former “France Autopartage) and with the support of ADEME (The French Environment and Energy Management Agency) for conducting the first French National Survey on round-trip carsharing. The main objective of this study was to better understand the impact of round-trip carsharing on urban mobility.

French people use their cars less and less. In urban contexts, owning one is becoming less and less appealingCarsharing is a system that allows the temporary use of a car without having to deal with the downsides of car ownership. Although the system is still at an emerging stage, it has experienced an exponential growth in the past years and it still represents a huge potential for further market development. The Autolib’ initiative in Paris has already enabled carsharing to gain a much stronger visibility in France, and most of the major French cities have now launched similar initiatives that are managed either by private actors or directly by the public authorities.

Main results

The online survey was conducted between July 2012 and September 2012. 2,090 respondents from 20 different carsharing systems spread across the country answered to it.

Key insights:

  • Economical and practical: carsharing is more profitable and more practical than using a private car in an urban environment;
  • Decreasing car use: carsharing reduces the ownership and the use of private cars;
  • Modal shift: carsharing enables the use of sustainable transportation modes by people who would not have used them otherwise;
  • Ecomobility policies: carsharing facilitates the adhesion to ecomobility policies.

For more details

If you are interested in the full report, please contact: Nicolas Louvet –

Photo credit: Citiz,2013

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