Carsharing service Car2Go pays cities $1,009 to $2,644 per vehicle for parking and other operating costs.

Consensus study of technology-enabled transportation services.

Summary Information

Carsharing is the short-term provision of individual vehicles to individuals who drive themselves and return the cars to set locations. It differs from traditional car rental in that most carsharing rentals are for minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. By providing members with access to vehicles on an on-demand basis, carsharing organizations can reduce the need for personal vehicle ownership.

The primary concern of cities implementing a carsharing agreement involves issues of parking. Many carsharing programs have agreements with municipalities to allow for free on-street parking. The companies also have agreements with cities that provide a number of dedicated spaces, indicated by city signs, paint, or other markings. Typically the carsharing company pays the city a fee to cover these costs, which can generate significant revenues. Depending on the agreement the car company may also pay for other costs to operate that include insurance, pilot evaluation, car removal in cases of parking restriction violations.

The report included information on payments made by Car2Go when launching its carsharing service is U.S. markets:

Car2Go’s Payment per Vehicle to Various U.S. Cities

Payment per vehicle per year
Arlington County, VA$1,6452015Includes payment for pilot program administration and evaluation costs. Car2Go also agreed to move cars that have remained parked for 24 hours in areas zoned for residential permit parking and parked for 36 hours elsewhere
Austin, TX$1,4492011
Minneapolis, MN$1,689 for first 250 vehicles
$1,614 for each additional vehicle
2013Includes administrative cost, meter revenue recovery, event revenue recovery, and residential permits
Portland, OR$1,3032015
Washington, DC$2,6442012Initially paid $578,000 for 200 cars; paid an additional $215,300 to add 100 vehicles

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Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Transportation Services

Author: National Research Council

Published By: National Academies Press

Source Date: 2016


System Cost

Car2Go pays cities $1,009 to $2,644 per vehcle for parking and other operating costs.


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Related Unit Cost Subsystems

Fleet Management Center (FM)


carsharing, shared use mobility, mobility on demand, MOD

Cost ID: 2018-00395