Carsharing in Germany

Carsharing, the sharing of cars, is very developed in Germany. Carsharing has a special place because it solves several major issues for the country and cities at once:

  1. Replaces personal cars
  2. Improves the ecological condition by reducing CO2.
  3. Freeing cities from private cars
  4. Frees up parking lots
  5. Offers an alternative to transportation

Germany is the largest European carsharing industry. The industry is represented by more than 249 carsharing companies of different sizes and classifications. The German market is represented by both free and station-based carsharing, and there is often a mixed model of carsharing. You can read more about carsharing models here.

The largest carsharing centers in Germany are as follows

Name Type of carsharing
1 Miles Free
2 Share Now Free
3 Stadtmobil Combined
4 Cambio Combined
5 Sixt share Free
6 TeilAuto (mobility Center) Combined
7 Book-n-drive Combined
8 Scouter Station
9 Deer Station
10 Stattauto München Station

Data on carsharing parks in Germany for 2023 are as follows:

Station and combined sharing Free sharing
Number of vehicles 1,310 out of 15,360 participate in free carsharing (because they are part of a fleet of firms with a combined type of sharing) 18 570 cars
Number of carsharing service providers 245 4
In how many cities are present 1,078, of which 30 cities with a combined system 34 cities, of which 15 with special or commercial conditio
Users 907 580 3 565 220

The dynamics of carsharing growth in Germany are very interesting, it's worth looking at the table below to understand it:

Year Users Carsharing cars
1999 up to 10 000 up to 1 000
2010 150 000 5 000
2015 1 000 000 14 000
2019 2 400 000 20 000
2020 2 200 000 25 000
2022 3 400 000 30 000
2023 4 400 000 35 000

Carsharing in Germany is supported at the state and local level, a lot of budget money and programs are allocated to this sphere. The No. 2 market in the European Union for carsharing is Poland.

This article was prepared by Taras Getmansky, CEO of Getmancar, the article uses information from open sources. When reprinting the material, a link to the article is obligatory.

The information is current as of January 2023.