The need for cost-effective mobility solutions is increasing across the globe. Youngsters these days are becoming more and more inclined towards making use of alternative mobility options rather than buying personal vehicles. As people are becoming more aware regarding the negative impacts of fuel-based vehicles on the environment, they are shifting towards more eco-friendly solutions. Ascribed to this, the adoption of peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing services has increased considerable across the globe. Under this service, car owners are able to rent their personal vehicles to other people in their area.
In addition to being a cost-effective and convenient solution for users, P2P carsharing services enable car owner to generate additional revenue, thereby aiding them in recovering the car’s cost of ownership. Users of these services can book vehicles as per their requirement, and need to pay for services on the basis of distance and time taken, in addition initial registration cost. These factors make P2P carsharing services a viable option of commuting for users, and are leading to the growth of the global peer-to-peer carsharing market.
Luxury, economy, and executive are the three types of cars that are used for providing P2P carsharing services. Out of these, the demand for economy cars was the highest in the past, and the situation is expected to remain the same in the coming years as well. The high preference for these vehicles can be attributed to their increased fuel efficiency as compared to luxury and executive cars. Users can avail these services for personal or business applications. The demand for P2P carsharing services was higher for personal use in the past and is expected to be higher in the years to come as well.
This can be ascribed to the fact that most people utilize these services for personal purposes such as commuting to workplace, travelling to specific destinations, such as airport or railway stations, and running errands including grocery shopping. Geographically, the European region is expected to emerge as a major P2P carsharing market in the near future, which can be attributed to the reluctance of people to buy personal vehicles due to their high maintenance needs in the region. In addition to this, the increasing number of initiatives in the region for decreasing environmental pollution and reducing traffic congestion are also resulting in the surging adoption of alternate mobility options.
In conclusion, the demand for P2P carsharing services is growing due to the increasing demand for cost-effective and convenient mobility solutions.