In the 10 years since the introduction of the car-sharing vehicle in Germany, the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany said in a study released Tuesday that the car-sharing has not achieved the desired effect of reducing the number of private cars. Since the launch of the car-sharing business in Germany in 2009, the number of passenger cars in Germany has increased by 5.8 million to 47.1 million, an increase of 10.4 percent, the report said. Over the past 10 years, Germany’s “car density” has increased from 504 to 567 per 1,000 people.
Ferdinand Dudenhefer, director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, said at the launch of the report that most shared car companies only allow users to drive in urban areas, making it less attractive to share cars. Problems have made it difficult for the car-sharing business to be profitable, with Opel, Mazda and Citroen already out of operation in Germany and Daimler and BMW merging.
According to the German Federation of Shared Cars, the German car-sharing car market has been growing in recent years, but it is still a niche market. This is mainly because government policies have encouraged people to buy private cars for years, and many Germans see them as a necessity. Car-sharing requires more policy support.