Give a Car(e): Car Sharing Grows in Popularity.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 27, 2008
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An Green Solution that Saves Green: Car Sharing.

Who wants to pay insurance when you rarely drive your car? I don’t. I live downtown so I can walk and bike, as does my momma…in Halifax. Luckily, we have options. Boulder Car Share is cool. Halifax Car Share is cool. Wherever you are, sell your car…and share. It’s cheaper (about say $90/month, with zero maintenance). It’s eco-er.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Give a Car(e): Car Sharing Grows in Popularity.”

  1. […] posted on Bike-Sharing before (and we’re all for Car Sharing, too). But we’re psyched to see it rise up in such a big US city as Denver—for those of us […]

  2. Update:

    via Matthew Cohen:

    Boulder CarShare recently became e-Go CarShare. They have a few new cars up at the CU campus and will be expanding to Denver and the L-towns in the future.

  3. Deborah Knox at 10:51am March 11
    The problem I've found with these things, much as I'd like to support them, is that they cost more than renting a car from a place like Enterprise if you get it for a whole day. Might make sense economically if you need a car for only a few hours.

    Matthew Cohen at 11:19am March 11
    That definitely is not the case with e-Go CarShare. And in the case that it is (like a full days drive – maybe – or a multi-day road trip) you get a discount on Enterprise rentals with your membership!

  4. Matthew Cohen says:

    Deborah Knox from Facebook,
    "Well, I just looked and say for a weekend, you can rent a car at Enterprise in Boulder for about $16/day ($31.75 for a two-day weekend rental) and you can get an economy car for $31.75 for a single weekday. You'd have to pay for gas yourself, but you could probably get it cheaper than 30 cents a mile (I can get it for about 6 cents a mile in my Geo Metro). So the difference might be in the car insurance point. For e-Go, do you not need to have any car insurance at all?"

    Deborah, insurance is part of the package with e-Go so you do not have to pay for it each time you take a car out. I'd say this is definitely where rental companies fleece the customer.

    There is also other difference, such as the locational convenience of the CarSharing, the community aspect, and the peace of mind of supporting a local, sustainability-oriented, non-profit.

  5. Deborah says:

    I have to be honest that I think they are fleecing people at charging 30 cents a mile (presumably for gas) on top of rental charges–if the hybrids they have (and it looks like they also have some nonhybrids) are getting the 45 mpg they claim, at let's say $1.80/gallon, the gas would cost 4 cents a gallon. As I mentioned earlier, I think it makes sense economically for a partial day rental. I'm also wondering, if this is a nonprofit, where is the money they would be making (since it seems there would be some left at the end of the day) going toward?

  6. Deborah says:

    Another point. I love local, too, but for something like carshare and car rental, which are capital intensive, it may make more sense to be okay with national providers. A national carshare chain would be able to buy cars in volume and therefore lock in fleet discounts. This savings, ideally, could be passed on to the consumer. In a case like this, unlike, let's say, our fruits and vegetables, I think nationwide providers (or at least regional) aren't all bad.

  7. […] I was honored to take part—and to come in first place, on my bike, beating the times of even the cars in going to three spots around the City and returning to home base…but the day wasn’t about winning, it was about celebrating a City designed for people, not cars (and for those who do need a car for errands and cold winter mornings, you can join the carshare!). […]