German Carsharing Booming

April 2019

Germans are famous for loving their cars – but they apparently love to share them, too! According to statistics compiled by the Berlin-based BCS carsharing association, as of January 2019, almost 2.5 million Germans were registered with carsharing companies, representing a year-on-year increase of some 350,000 users (+16.6%). The number of vehicles also rose in this period to 20,200 (+12.5%), and almost one in ten is an electric car. The number of station-based cars increased by 21.5 percent to approximately 11,200 vehicles, which are used by some 650,000 customers. The number of free-floater cars – meaning those without a fixed return and lending station – rose by some 15 percent to roughly 9,000 vehicles. Found in 18 major cities in Germany, they serve over 1.8 million customers.