Flexcar reported that 29 April marked a single-day record for nationwide usage of its car-sharing service—surpassing a previous single-day usage mark set only two weeks ago.
Increasing gas prices are also spurring new records for monthly usage, weekly usage, and a sharp increase in new memberships. Local usage records have been set in recent days in Seattle; Washington, DC; Portland; and San Francisco.
It’s no surprise that more people are turning to Flexcar, with gas zooming over $3 a gallon. Flexcar members don’t pay for gas—we do. As gas prices soar, we expect membership and usage of Flexcar to continue to rise.—Lance Ayrault, Flexcar President and CEO
Flexcar provides members with on-demand access to a fleet of low-emission vehicles, including gas/electric hybrids; pickup trucks; AWDs; and minivans. Members reserve vehicles via the Internet or touchtone phone for use by the hour. A simple hourly fee includes gas, insurance, unlimited miles, maintenance, parking and 24-7 emergency service.
The increase in Flexcar use is also fueled in part by the increasing number of commuters turning to public transit instead of their car. With Flexcar vehicles cars located in garages and street lots at and nearby many office towers, Flexcar members have mobility without driving to the office.
Research from Flexcar as well as independent entities has clearly shown that carsharing programs take cars off the road, reduce annual miles traveled and increase the use of public transit. These studies indicate that roughly 60% of members have either sold or decided not to purchase a vehicle because of the program, thus removing thousands of vehicles and thousands of tons of emissions from circulation.
Flexcar has more than 35,000 members in seven metropolitan areas—Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.—covering 37 cities.