I never really knew much about car sharing, so when Commuauto Toronto contacted me to try it out for a weekend, I was intrigued.
If you don’t have a car or are considering a second car, you might want to consider a car sharing service.
What is car sharing?
Car sharing is a service that provides people with a sustainable transportation choice for everyday needs. It’s basically the freedom to access a car only when you need it.
Car sharing organizations like Communauto Toronto provide members with a fleet of cars to choose from, based on an hourly rate.
If you are someone who walks, cycles or takes public transportation but occasionally needs access to a vehicle for out of town trips, moving large items or other special occasions (i.e. students, young professionals, and seniors).
I really liked the fact that you can use a private vehicle without the costs and responsibilities of ownership.
Toronto is a densely populated city and car sharing is the perfect alternative for short distance trips where the TTC is not accessible.
I also saved money on gas and parking. Parking my car costs me a fortune; this is an easy way to save that cash.
Eco-benefits of sharing cars:
- Fewer cars on the road leading to less air pollution
- Gas and oil savings due to driving less
- Monetary savings from car maintenance are poured back into buying local and sustainable products
- Less parking infrastructure and fewer road expansions
- More resources for park development and urban green spaces
- An indirect benefit of more walking and bicycling
- Versatility in vehicle choice depending on your specific need for that time frame
Some interesting stats:
- 8 – Number of cars off the streets when using a carsharing vehicle
- 40% – Reduction in the kilometers traveled
- 1.2 tons – Reduction in CO2 emission for each carsharing user
How it works:
Find your car
Find the available cars in the “FLEX Zone” with your App. Locate the car you want and click on it to block it. Or just fob into a car that is available!
Get in the car
Blocking is free! You have 30 min of blocked time to get to your car! Use your App to open the card. The key is connected in the USB holder in the glove compartment.
Drive at will
Drive without worrying about returning the vehicle at a specific time or location.
Return the car
Release the car in the “FLEX zone”. Make sure it is an on-street legal parking space in residential (watch for street cleaning) or in designated parking areas downtown.
- Launched: in 1994, in Quebec city.
- Type: one-way and two-way.
- Membership fees: none for one-way. two-way starts at $40 per year.
- Rates: one-way is 41 cents per minute and $15 per hour
- 150km per trip included (25¢ additional km)
- Includes insurance and fuel. Users fill tanks themselves and are credited.
- Cars available: more than 1,880 vehicles, mostly Toyotas (Yaris and Prius c) and electric cars, including the Nissan Leaf.
Car sharing is becoming increasingly popular with its promise of personal convenience and social improvement. It is time to explore this new age where access is better than ownership.
This post is sponsored by Communauto Toronto. As always, The Eco Hub only works with companies we believe are doing good things.