City CarShare

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City Carshare
Industry Carsharing
Founded 2001
Area served
Northern California
Website Official page

City Carshare was founded as the first carsharing program in the San Francisco Bay area, and remains the only non-profit program in the metropolitan region.[1] It provides its members with the use of fuel-efficient vehicles by the hour.[2]


City CarShare was the only carsharing program in the San Francisco area from its founding in 2001 until 2005,[3] the organization began with a fleet of 12 lime green Volkswagen Beetles and 850 members. The original pricing was a $300 deposit with a $10 monthly fee, in addition to fees of $2.50 per hour and 45 cents per mile (28 ¢/km) driven.[4][5] City CarShare expanded to include locations in Oakland, Berkeley, and Palo Alto in 2002.[6] In 2004 City carshare began providing vehicles to the city of Berkeley, in order to help the city reduce emissions, the city sold off cars from its fleet in favor of using shared vehicles.[7] By 2005 ABC 7 reported that the organization had saved more than one million gallons of gasoline since its founding,[8] and the company saw a twenty percent rise in membership,[9] at this point, City CarShare was the largest non-profit car sharing program in the United States.[10]

In 2006, University of California, Berkeley produced a study showing that City CarShare prevented nearly 25 million pounds of carbon emissions a year from entering the atmosphere.[11] In 2011 City CarShare was one of eighteen organizations to form the North American CarSharing Association, the world's largest.[12] City CarShare was one of the lead organizations in the new association, which had 100,000 members upon its launch;[13] in 2011 City CarShare also partnered with the city of San Francisco to provide on-street parking exclusively for City CarShare vehicles.[14]

The Clean Fleet Report has named City CarShare one of the ten best car-share programs in the United States, mentioning its focus on electric cars as one of the reasons behind this,[15] the fleet was specifically implemented with Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles.[16] The use of electric vehicles in the fleet and around the city led the City of San Francisco to institute the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations in the downtown area,[17] the company also runs the CommunityShare program for low income individuals and the AccessMobile program that provides wheelchair accessible vehicles.[15]

In August 2015 Carma partnered with City CarShare.[18][19]

In November 2016 City CarShare reached an agreement with Getaround.[20][21] To continue using the car sharing service, former City Carshare members must join Facebook.[22]


City CarShare was founded by a group of Californian transportation activists in the San Francisco Bay area, with the help of non-profit organizations in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco,[23] the first official member of City CarShare was San Francisco native Elizabeth Sullivan.[24] The CEO of the organization is Rick Hutchinson, who has attended the signing of new legislation with California politicians in support of making car-sharing easier and more cost efficient.[25] City CarShare has also worked with city officials to debut new sustainable transportation initiatives, such as the BIXI Montréal bicycle-sharing system.[26] Hutchinson became CEO in 2005, replacing CEO Larry Magid, who had held the position since 2002.[27]

Dash pilot[edit]

In September 2013, City Carshare launched Dash, a three-year pilot carsharing program in Hacienda Business Park, in Pleasanton, California, the service will be provided with 30 Scion iQ EVs, which are part of a 100 electric car fleet built by Toyota to be field tested in the U.S. and Japan.[28]


  1. ^ Michael Cabanatuan (November 27, 2012). "Electrifying car-sharing". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Heather Ishimaru (April 30, 2008). "Commuting ideas for the Bay Area". ABC 7. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Michael Cabanatuan (January 22, 2007). "Car-sharing catching on with Bay Area drivers / Firms provide autos for those who don't want hassle of ownership". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "CITY HOPES CARSHARE, WILL REDUCE TRAFFIC, PARKING WOES". San Jose Mercury News. January 19, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "US move to car sharing". BBC. November 2, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "City CarShare names new leader". San Francisco Business Times. November 18, 2002. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Riya Bhattacharjee (April 22, 2008). "CarShare Now Offering Wheelchair-Accessible Vans". Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Carshare Saves Million Gallons of Gas". ABC 7. October 11, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ James Hattori (August 18, 2005). "Pain at the pump leads to consumer creativity". NBC News. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Patrick Hoge (August 4, 2005). "EAST BAY / Car-share group adds hybrids at BART stations / Outfit that offers autos by the hour has new CEO". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Leena Rao (November 9, 2008). "Developers find ways to drive new residents home". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Laura Colgan (February 25, 2011). "City CarShare chief talks about new organization". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Eric Young (January 26, 2011). "San Francisco's City Carshare heads industry group". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Dan McMenamin (October 3, 2011). "Plan To Devote Street Parking Places To City CarShare Launches". Bay City News. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b John Addison. "10 Best Car Sharing Programs in USA". Clean Fleet Report. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ Chris Woodyard (December 8, 2011). "Mitsubishi delivers its first 'i' electric car". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Tom Zeller (February 19, 2011). "Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations for San Francisco". New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Carma and City CarShare Form Strategic Alliance". 
  19. ^ "City CarShare and Carma Join Forces to Offer Even More Mobility Options to Members". Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. 
  20. ^ "City CarShare hands over on-demand auto rentals to Getaround". 
  21. ^ " comments". 
  22. ^ "Getaround uses Facebook to verify your identity". 
  23. ^ Carrie Lafrenz (July 30, 2007). "Car-sharing business gains traction". The Age. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  24. ^ Maggie Shiels (October 22, 2001). "Why own a car when you can share?". BBC. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  25. ^ Michael Cabanatuan (April 29, 2010). "State bill offers twist to expand car sharing". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  26. ^ Matthew Roth (July 31, 2009). "Montreal’s Bixi Bicycle Share Will Showcase Program in GG Park Sunday". Streetsblog. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  27. ^ Eric Young (August 1, 2005). "New driver takes City Carshare's wheel". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  28. ^ Sebastian Blanco (2013-09-12). "City CarShare fires up Dash carsharing network with 30 Scion iQ EVs". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

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