- Simple process
- Expense savings
- Vehicle options
Together with other local nonprofits and funders, along with the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, City CarShare was founded and locations (we call them "Pods") started sprouting up everywhere, like Bay Area wild fennel. From their grassroots fleet of 12 Volkswagen Beetles, they've grown into an area-wide network with hundreds of fuel-efficient cars, thousands of members, and dozens of partnerships with businesses, transportation agencies, and other groups.
To get started all you need to do is sign up, reserve a car, fob into your car, and then head off to wherever you desire. When you join, you'll receive a key fob to access each car you reserve. It's tiny, it fits on your keychain, and it'll open hundreds of car doors. Each member gets one. Just wave it over your reserved vehicle's fob reader, and your doors unlock. When you are finished you return your car to its home parking space (called Pods), fob out to lock the doors, and you're done - real easy.
According to AAA, it costs about $740/month to own and operate a car in the US. With City CarShare you do not have to worry about car payments, gas price, insurance, or repairs. With the gas prices increasing and decreasing often it is comforting to know you do not have to pay for the escalated price.
City CarShare is also working to better the environment. They have reduced the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The cars that they offer are fuel-efficient so there is less fuel being burned. Users can choose from the following car types/models when renting:
- All electric
There are many different plans that you can choose what works best for you. The plans that are offered are: three different packages tailored to the individual and households, there are two different plans that fit to businesses and organizations, several plans for students and staff involved with universities and colleges, and various others.