Car sharing in Germany

Car sharing refers to the organized rental of one or more cars in a customer community. Rentals are often short-term.

Based on the number of customers in 2019, the largest car sharing service in Germany was SHARE NOW (comprised of the formerly separate car2go and DriveNow) , followed by Deutsche Bahn’s Flinkster. The same was true in terms of the number of vehicles available to share from these services. As of 2019, the number of German cities and towns with car sharing services amounted to 740 with station-based options.

The number of car sharing stations in Germany has been increasing during the last nine years. In 2019, there were 5,700 stations, compared to 2.2 thousand in 2010. The same year, car sharing companies provided a total of 20.2 thousand vehicles for their customers. Of the cars available from automobile groups with their own car sharing services, roughly 14 percent were electric.

Surveys indicate that the number of people who use or are interested in car sharing in Germany is rising. Registered car sharing user numbers have exploded in Germany in recent years, from over one million in 2015 to 2.46 million in 2018. Among these users, various trends were visible regarding car sharing app usage by gender and age. Using an app was most popular among younger customers and more popular among men than women. Of course, consumers have various reasons for deciding against car sharing. Most often, these were uncertainty regarding availability or no service being located close to their place of residence. Some also simply did not want to drive a car they weren’t familiar with.

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