Citiz-LPA launches free-floating service in Lyon

Lyon Carsharing pionner, Citiz-LPA, enriches his station based offer with 100 vehicles in free-floating More details (in French)

Reflections on Carsharing – by Patrick Nangle (CEO, Modo, Vancouver, BC)

Soon approaching my first anniversary at Modo and in the industry, it’s a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned to date. My education has been greatly facilitated by my colleagues at Modo, regular interactions with our many stakeholders and most recently by participation at the Car Sharing Association (CSA) conference in Montreal.

Patrick Nangle (CEO, Modo)

To summarize in a few words, I am delighted to be onboard at what I believe is a pivotal moment in the evolution of carsharing. The rest of the world has woken up to the benefits that early entrants like Modo and its members have known for decades, that carsharing complements public transit, biking and walking to make possible a lifestyle free of the burden of car ownership. The value of not having to own a car or second car, but having one available when you need it, will vary by individual, and typically includes some composite of improved personal economics and reduced environmental impact.

A very significant catalyst to the rapid growth in shared mobility today is the relatively recent entry of well-funded and highly motivated service and technology providers. These include technology companies of all sizes, from start ups to global giants like Apple, Google and Uber, and virtually all auto manufacturers. They are driving rapid business model experimentation and the probable convergence of some of the existing and emerging models we are familiar with: station-based carsharing, free floating carsharing, peer-to-peer carsharing, ridesharing, ride-hailing, carpooling, on-demand transit, autonomous vehicles. What motivates them? An emerging market potential for new forms of personal mobility that is measured in trillions of dollars.

And they are not alone. Public transit system operators and local governments are also pro-actively driving carsharing adoption, increasingly recognizing the mutual benefit that comes from collaboration and co-operation. We hear that in our conversations with them.

What does all this mean for a purpose-driven, carsharing co-operative like Modo?  That by working co-operatively with the right partners, making thoughtful strategic choices and staying focused on our Purpose, our chances are better than they have ever been to make a difference, for our members and the communities we serve.

Yes, Canada has seen four consecutive years of record new vehicle sales and there remains much to be done. At the same time though, Modo, and carsharing generally, is growing even faster. An unstoppable tidal wave of change is building, propelled by lifestyle affordability challenges, climate change realities and big investments in technology. I expect these next few years will be very exciting and am optimistic about what we can achieve together as we continue to make carsharing available to more people in more places.

 

 

Ridecell acquires Auro, leader in self-driving technology for low speed deployments

 

 The CSA Carsharing Association congratulates CSA Affiliate “Ridecell” with its new acquisition introducing the First Complete Autonomous New Mobility Solution.“The Auro acquisition and the launch of our autonomous operations platform represent the next phase of our strategy to provide a complete autonomous solution for Ridecell customers,” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ridecell-introduces-the-first-complete-autonomous-new-mobility-solution-with-acquisition-of-auro-and-the-launch-of-the-ridecell-autonomous-operations-platform-650061413.html

 

 

2017 CSA Conference speaker presentations

 

The presentation of the 2017 CSA conference “Shaping the future of carsharing” are available for consultation at the page Slide presentation.

Thanks to all our great speakers, sponsors and participants.

 

 

 

Save the date! 7th annual Carsharing Association conference May 18-19 2017

The 7th annual Carsharing Association conference will take place on May 18th and 19th 2017 in vibrant and blossoming Montreal, Québec, Canada ! Every year, over 200 delegates from over a dozen countries take part in this event, dedicated exclusively to the carsharing industry.

conference.carsharing.org

 

Mobility Systems + Services joins CSA as Affiliate Member

Houston, TX — We are pleased to announce Mobility Systems + Services has become an affiliate member of the Carsharing Association.  As a division of the Swiss Mobility Cooperative, this technology vendor has over 25 years of experience in the carsharing industry, a boon to its software clients.

Mobility Systems + Services offers the software solution MobiSys for Carsharing and its sister product, MobiSys for Fleet.  The SaaS (“software as a service”, i.e. subscription-based) product MobiSys is the central application for the management and administration of fleet and operational data.  Its automated workflows and interfaces to external applications cover the management of the entire business processes.  Various users with different user rights can access the white-label solution via app, web and the rich client portal.

Mobility Systems + Services ensures the trouble-free functioning of the software, the maintenance, updates and the support. Thus, customers can focus on their core business’ efficiency and success.

Welcome to the CSA, Mobility Systems + Services! Contact Sophie Peggs for more information:

Sophie.Peggs@mobility-sas.com

www.mobility-sas.com

Emily Fleck Named Executive Director of CarSharing Association

Houston, TX — The CarSharing Association announced today Emily Fleck has been named as its new Executive Director, effective today, April 5th, 2016.
Emily Fleck (c) Emily Fleck

Emily Fleck

Emily Fleck is a long time veteran of the shared mobility industry, with deep experience in industry operations and technology through her work at PhillyCarShare of Philadelphia (acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2011) and Metavera Solutions of Toronto (acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2015).  Her most recent work was with movmi Shared Transportation Services of Vancouver BC, where she provided marketing, business development, and operations consulting work.
“While still at PhillyCarShare in 2010 I was deeply involved with the group of organizations writing the charter of what would become the CSA,” said Fleck, speaking from her current hometown of Houston, Texas.  “I’m thrilled to be now leading the association I helped bring into existence.”
“Emily has extensive experience in car sharing both as an operator and a vendor,” said Megan Hansen, Interim Board Chair of the Carsharing Association and Program Manager of HOURCAR in the Twin Cities.  “She helped guide HOURCAR through some difficult transitions and always provided very thorough and knowledgeable advice.  I’m very excited to welcome Emily to the Carsharing Association, and look forward to working with her to grow our membership worldwide.”
Among Fleck’s first tasks will be reaching out and re-acquainting with the CSA’s current membership as well as launching preparations for the 2016 CarSharing Association Conference, to be held later this year.
“I LOVE attending the CSA annual conference. It provides us with a unique opportunity to learn how to implement new trends directly from the people creating them,” said Diego Solórzano of Carrot Carsharing from Mexico City, also a member of the Carsharing Association’s Board.
The Carsharing Association annual conference is an exciting event that draws attendees from around the word.  Location and dates for the 2016 conference will be announced soon.

CSA recruiting new Executive Director

CSA recruiting new Executive Director

A resourceful, independent self-starter is required to sustain and grow the carsharing industry trade association. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the strategic and operational challenges facing carsharing operators and an insatiable desire for networking. This position will have a dual focus of engaging with and supporting current members while also growing the CSA’s membership worldwide.

Responsibilities

Business Development

  • Approach car sharing operators and encourage them to become members.
  • Engage with vendors that serve the car sharing industry and recruit them as affiliate members.
  • Maintain and update a database of contacts and communications in Highrise CRM.
  • Represent the CSA at meetings and conferences, especially those related to shared mobility. Accept public speaking invitations, as appropriate.

Member Relations

  • Maintain regular personal contact with CSA members to understand the key challenges they face.
  • Provide support and information to members. Make referrals and introductions as needed.
  • Create opportunities for connection and information exchange in the form of webinars, conference calls and meetings, etc.
  • Schedule and facilitates CSA board meetings and the annual member meeting.
  • Lead and coordinate organization of the CSA annual conference.

Communications

  • Keep the broader transportation and shared mobility community updated on industry developments, such as regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions and research.
  • Maintain the CSA’s presence on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Maintain partnerships with APTA, UITP, CUTA and others by participating on committees, conference calls and meetings as necessary.

Finance and Administration

  • Send invoices and collect accounts receivable. Collect annual CSA member dues.
  • Pay expenses authorized by the board of directors.
  • Maintain financial records and prepare financial reports for the board of directors.
  • Work with the CSA board to in developing strategic and financial goals.
  • Develop strategies for recruiting more members outside North America. Contract staff for business development overseas, if needed.

Preferred Experience

  • Comprehensive understanding of carsharing operations, marketing & strategy.
  • Passion for making connections within the carsharing and broader transportation communities. Existing connections within the carsharing industry are a major plus.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and choose affordable accommodations.
  • Experience and ability to organize meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets, accounts receivable and financial reports.

This is a part-time position and will average 25 hours per week. Actual hours week to week will vary based on the executive director’s travel schedule and other priorities. It is possible this position will grow as the CSA’s membership and financial resources increase.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@carsharing.org by March 10, 2016.

SOCAR becomes a CSA member

SOCAR becomes a member of the CSA

SOCAR is the largest car-sharing service in Korea and founded in 2011. SOCAR offer its mobility solutions to individuals, universities, businesses and provides services within various metropolitan areas college campuses in Korea.

SOCAR have a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our communities by promoting innovative mobility options, providing a great timesaving service that frees up space in cities and puts more money in drivers’ wallets. SOCAR want to make redefining the way people think about transportation.

SOCAR reached to hold 3,000 vehicles and 1,000,000 customers after only three years since they started. It has been growing very fast all over the world. SOCAR has grown to 3,700 vehicles and 1,500,000 members in Korea. Also, SOCAR provides car-sharing service at 1,900 parking area in 56 cities in Korea. (As at February 2016)

As a certified B Corporation, SOCAR meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and cares about the positive impacts of carsharing by using fuel efficient and hybrid-electric cars.

Also, SOCAR is building a corporate culture that can not only positively impact but also sustainably support SOCAR’s community. They are running the community for each vehicle so that users can post a review of the vehicles they used.

For more information about SOCAR, check this out.

– Website: http://www.socar.kr/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socarsharing
– Blog: http://blog.socar.kr/

Flexicar becomes a CSA member

The Carsharing Association welcomes Flexicar from Melbourne, Australia as a member of CSA.  Flexicar was launched as an independent by a group of university friends back in 2004 with two vehicles and a spreadsheet for booking system.

In 2010 Hertz acquired Flexicar as part of its carshare growth strategy; despite Hertz announcing a withdrawal from hourly car rentals and the closure of the Hertz 24/7 service in North America in 2015, Flexicar continues to grow and develop in Melbourne and Sydney markets.

With a diversified fleet of 350 vehicles, from Toyota Corollas to SUVs, prestige vehicles and commercial vans, Flexicar continues to provide urban Australians with a cost-effective, green and easy alternative to car ownership as well as dedicated carsharing and mobility solutions to corporate and universities across Australia.

Greg Giraud, General Manager, said: “We are thrilled to join the Carsharing Association. With Flexicar on board all current, on-street, carshare providers in the ANZ region are now affiliated to the CSA. This adds legitimacy to the local carshare industry as we feel it is important to speak with one voice and we look forward to working with the CSA for the betterment and long term sustainability of carshare in the region.”

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