Easy, affordable action towards a greener net zero future.

How car sharing can help Bristol reach its net zero target

The days of traditional car rental are long gone: we now have the technology at our fingertips to not only discover and book nearby cars, but to actually unlock them with our phones as well!

When the UK first went into lockdown in March 2020, the planet was given a moment of respite. With borders closed and people confined to their homes, daily CO2 emissions decreased as car usage plummeted and airlines were grounded. But this breath of fresh air was short-lived – emissions are quickly rebounding. Lockdown is clearly not a long-term solution to tackling climate change. Instead, we need to re-examine the systems we already have in place and fundamentally shift our way of thinking, using what we have learned from the pandemic.

As part of Boris Johnson’s Green Recovery, the UK Government recently announced a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, accelerating the demand for electric vehicles and hybrids and setting a positive precedent for this country’s move toward net zero. But the switch to electric isn’t that straightforward – the new vehicles involve high costs and logistical planning around charging points. Luckily, there is another solution to help us drastically reduce emissions in the meantime: car sharing!

Achieving net zero will require us to halve the number of cars on our road, and sharing cars is an efficient and sustainable way of getting there. Through car sharing, car owners can rent out their vehicles to nearby drivers who need quick and easy access to get from A to B. It’s like an Airbnb but for cars – by taking advantage of the assets that already exist, we can shift the paradigm of car ownership and transform it into a choice, not a necessity.

In the UK, there are 35 million cars parked on our roads and driveways. And they’re only used 4% of the time. What would a world look like if we unlocked this unused fleet of vehicles, empowered owners to create additional income streams, and gave renters a hassle-free method of accessing cars parked right around the corner? For every car shared, we can take 14 off the road, and just a 2% switch to car sharing could see a drop in emissions by 620,000 tonnes of CO2.

Through the Karshare App, renters can have instant access to hundreds of vehicles in their city: from space-saving city cars to 7-seaters for trips out of town to transit vans when ample storage is required. The days of traditional car rental are long gone: we now have the technology at our fingertips to not only discover and book nearby cars but to actually unlock them with our phones as well.

At Karshare, we are excited to witness how car sharing can transform Bristol’s transport problems and support the city in its ambitious move to net zero by 2030. We know that our world has forever changed because of Covid-19. Remote working, staycations and online shopping have drastically reduced our need for car ownership. It is now time to adopt car sharing as a permanent fixture in our travel plans, recognising both the individual and environmental benefits of it and taking advantage of the booming sharing economy to build a more sustainable future where we can do more with less.

 

How to make additional income from your car.

In the UK, there are 35 million cars parked on our roads and driveways and they’re only used 4% of the time.

What would a world look like if we unlocked this unused fleet of vehicles, empowered owners to create additional income streams, and gave renters a hassle-free method of accessing cars parked right around the corner? For every car shared, we can take 14 off the road, and just a 2% switch to car sharing could see a drop in emissions by 620,000 tonnes of CO2.

Through the Karshare App, renters can have instant access to hundreds of vehicles in their city: from space-saving city cars to 7-seaters for trips out of town to transit vans when ample storage is required. The days of traditional car rental are long gone: we now have the technology at our fingertips to not only discover and book nearby cars but to actually unlock them with our phones as well.

At Karshare, we are excited to witness how car sharing can transform Bristol’s transport problems and support the city in its ambitious move to net zero by 2030. We know that our world has forever changed because of Covid-19. Remote working, staycations and online shopping have drastically reduced our need for car ownership. It is now time to adopt car sharing as a permanent fixture in our travel plans, recognising both the individual and environmental benefits of it and taking advantage of the booming sharing economy to build a more sustainable future where we can do more with less.

 

Find out more about Karshare