More and more carsharing vehicles are available in German cities. The city ranking on availability of carsharing vehicles conducted by the German Federation CarSharing (bcs) shows that the number of available vehicles has risen again in 2015. Nevertheless, there are still large differences concerning the access to carsharing offers between the investigated cities.
The study covers station-based carsharing as well as free-floating options. It reveals that expansion and enlargement of fleets has been particularly the case for station-based carsharing providers, while free-floating carsharing providers did nearly not expand, neither in their catchment area nor in their fleet size.
The ranking shows that Karlsruhe is the leading carsharing city with 2.15 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants. In second place, there is Stuttgart with 1.44 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants followed by Frankfurt am Main with 1.15 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants. The least exploited cities concerning carsharing supply are Herne (0.01/1000) and Mönchengladbach (0.004/1000) where finding a carsharing vehicle seems nearly impossible.
The 2015 city ranking was the first covering cities from 50,000 inhabitants onwards, instead of focusing only on cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants, as in the previous years. Especially interesting is the fact that a number of smaller cities, such as Heidelberg, Tübingen or Göttingen are placed in the top ten German carsharing cities. It therefore appears that carsharing availability is not restricted to highly populated areas and large cities but is also high in university cities with a large share of young people.
More information on the city ranking can be found on the bcs website (in German).