One-way carsharing: an alternative to private cars?

[cml_show_flags show=”both” size=”tiny” class=”cml_flags”]

>> Context of the study

In 2013, 6t teamed up with “France Autopartage” (now called Citiz) and with the support of ADEME for conducting the first French National Survey on Carsharing. The main objective of this study was to better understand the impact of round-trip carsharing on urban mobility. After having noticed that there was no study to date focusing on thje uses and the impacts of one-way carsharing, 6t-bureau de recherche decided to conduct the first survey aiming at assessing the practice through objective criteria.

The use of private cars in France has reached an inflection point: in large urban areas, car-based mobility has decreased, whereas transit use has increased. This trend stems from a growing dissociation between car ownership and use.

Even if the majority of carsharing organizations function on a round-trip basis, several municipalities are currently inquiring about the interest and the impact of one-way carsharing programs (no obligation to return the car to the starting point or to pay for parking) and self-service programs (no obligation neither to reserve the vehicle, nor to anticipate the duration of the rental).

>> Methodology

Capture d’écran 2014-05-30 à 12.28.04

The online survey was conducted between November 2013 and January 2014. 1169 respondents (644 from Autolib’ users and 525 from Mobizen users) answered to it.

>> Main results

  • Autolib’ users are mainly executives, but some students are also attracted by the service;
  • Autolib’ is a substitute to private cars without the parking contraint;
  • Autolib’ is a solution deemed more practical than public transportation;
  • Carsharing systems and demotorization​: 

Capture d’écran 2014-05-30 à 12.34.27

Capture d’écran 2014-05-30 à 12.34.46

  • Autolib’ competes with private cars, but also with all the other transportation modes (including motorized two-wheelers and taxi).

>> For more details

Executive Summary

The full report is for sale here 

photo credit: ehpien (flickr:

Share this post :