Imagine a world with one million fewer cars on the road. We do. Every day we are working towards a place with less dependence on personally-owned vehicles. Why? Because it matters. Less cars on the road means less congestion, less pollution, less dependence on oil, and cleaner, fresher air to breathe. Some folks don't believe it's possible for car sharing to have such a huge impact.
Here's a quick checklist of the facts so you can see for yourself.
Fewer cars. Way Fewer.
Each and every Zipcar takes at least 20 personally-owned vehicles off the road. Multiply that by the more than 9000 cars in our fleet and you've got a really big number.
Less and less driving.
After joining Zipcar, 90% of our members drove 5,500 miles or less per year. That adds up to more than 32 million gallons of crude oil left in the ground—or 219 gallons saved per Zipster.
Green gets even greener.
10% of the population is expected to adopt car sharing as their primary mode of transportation. Break it down and you have millions of people saving billions of gallons of gas and oil. Factor in the savings and you've got an economic revolution.
Traffic has increased by over 60% since 1980.
Cars are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Public transport costs are rising.