Carsharing has become increasingly popular across the world in recent years, particularly in urban areas where people can rely on efficient public transport or cycling for the majority of their daily tasks and use a car on the occasions where it is necessary, without having to invest in ownership.
According to data from Statista’s Global Consumer Survey (GCS), carsharing has taken off in India, with 34 percent of survey respondents stating that they had used a carshare via either a website or an app in the past twelve months. Zoomcar was the main player in the space in 2021, according to the Statista Market Forecast, with 35 percent of respondents picking the brand. The company’s business model is a hybrid of short term loan cars like 'Zipcar' and a traditional car rental agency like Sixt, allowing users to rent a car for anywhere between a few hours to a few months. The number of carshare users in the country is expected to reach 2.0m by 2026.
South Africa and Pakistan came in second and third place, with 29 percent and 24 percent of online adults, respectively. By contrast, only 12 percent of Brits said that they had carshared. This is on par with the average of the 39 countries surveyed. Australia and the US were around the same mark as the UK’s figure, at 14 percent and 12 percent.