Last October, UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) conducted independently funded research on Zipcar for Business carsharing users, surveying nearly 24,000 Zipcar members in North America — of which only 523 were corporate users. Their findings break down as follows:
Joining Zipcar caused nearly 20 percent of corporate users surveyed to either sell or postpone buying a vehicle. Extrapolated out to all of the 175,000 Zipcar for Business users, that means an estimated 33,000 cars were kept off the road thanks to Zipcar for Business.
- 49 percent claim they are less likely to buy a car in the near future since joining Zipcar
- 41 percent claim that their likelihood of purchasing a vehicle has not changed
Zipcar for Business members also claimed to walk and take public transit slightly more often than they previously had, while some reported a slight decline in biking.
- 41 percent reported walking more often
- 7 percent reported walking less often
- 41 percent reported taking public transit more often
- 13 percent reported taking public transit less often
- 22 percent reported biking more often
- 19 percent reported biking less often
If Zipcar were not an option...
- 37 percent of corporate users would use a traditional car rental company
- 24 percent would drive their own or a borrowed vehicle
- 11 percent would not make the trip
- 2 percent would accomplish the task online
A previous TSRC survey showed that one shared car replaces up to 13 owned cars, but this was for home users. That business carsharing has a similar impact is surprising and welcome news.