All cars belonging to Sunfleet’s car fleet in Gothenburg fulfil the Swedish Road Administration’s requirements for eco cars, e.g., cars running on ethanol, biogas, biodiesel and/or having new advanced engine technologies such as battery electrical cars or hybrids. There are currently 37 car pools in Gothenburg open for business and private persons including students.
Background & Objectives
The idea of a group of people shares a number of cars (carsharing) originated in Switzerland during the 1980s and has since spread to many countries in Europe and the rest of the world. A car pool reduces the number of cars needed. Carsharing also reduces the costs such as purchase, taxes, insurance, and service since the costs are shared. As a member in carsharing, one pays only a subscription fee and a fee when one uses the car.Sunfleet Carsharing began in 1998 and has since then become established as the only carsharing in the world with only environmentally friendly cars. Sunfleet Carsharing is a part of Hertz Sweden and Volvo Car Corporation as well as local stakeholders.Unique for Sunfleet carsharing is their user-friendly booking and administration system. The telematic technology, which is installed in every Sunfleet car, allows for wireless communication between car, mobile phone and Sunfleet’s data server.In 2008 the idea of having car pools explicitly aiming for students at universities and colleges was established.>Therefore a Sunfleet pool was set up in connection to Chalmers University of Technology and is now in use providing beneficial price levels for students.
The major target has been to increase the use of environmentally friendly cars and by sharing cars contribute to reducing the demand for car travels. One particular target has been to attract young drivers to influence their preferences regarding cars, towards environmental friendly cars.
Major results and lessons learned
Sunfleet is continuously growing, and is currently available in 25 Swedish cities with over 95 pools in operation, whereof 37 in Gothenburg. Today Sunfleet has more than 11,000 members and over 7,000 trips per month. Sunfleet is used by municipalities, municipal housing companies, big companies, private persons and students. Since Sunfleet is a cheap alternative for students to get access to cars, the car pool connected to Chalmers has been very successful. Students find it natural to use, and fill up, cars running on renewable fuels such as ethanol, biogas and biodiesel.
More InformationSunfleet car sharing
The 37 Sunfleet car pools in Gothenburg can be found here