80–90% of cars’ environmental impact comes from fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases. The transport sector is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions and a major source of air and noise pollution.
So, the list goes on and on. And we believe there’s a huge potential in shifting people from private vehicles to shared mobility.
By embracing it, we can help make cities less congested and reduce noise and air pollution without sacrificing convenience! It’s a win-win, really.
Back to the survey
In December 2022, we surveyed Bolt Drive users in Tallinn, Estonia, to find out whether they saw car-sharing as an alternative to personal cars.
Among other things, we wanted to know the following:
Whether car owners would consider selling their vehicles given the availability of Bolt Drive;
The primary purposes and reasons for using Bolt Drive.
2,691 people participated in the survey, revealing their transport habits. With 49% of respondents owning one car, 25% owning more than one, and 20% being car-free, here’s what we found out.
Our users are willing to give up their cars
First and foremost, the survey showed users’ readiness to give up their cars for good.
While a third of respondents who own a car admitted already using their car less often than before the introduction of Bolt Drive,21% of respondents with several cars in their household plan to sell at least one.
Similarly, 63% of people who had sold their cars in the last 12 months revealed that Bolt’s car-sharing service played an important role in this decision.
In addition, over half of respondents who didn’t own a car weren’t planning to buy one.
The private car has also dominated the Estonian commute. 53% of residents in Tallinn and its suburban area choose to get to work by car instead of by public transport, cycling, or walking.
Similarly, half of our surveyparticipants use Bolt Drive to commute — 42% to visit friends and family and 25% to get to transport hubs like train stations or airports.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that car-sharing offers a viable alternative to private cars in everyday use, and means fewer cars on the roads.
Our survey also revealed that many car-sharing trips are part of longer intermodal trips. Thus, car-sharing allows people to travel further and helps increase public transport use.
Bolt Drive is a more affordable and convenient alternative to private cars
The preference for shared vehicles over personal cars is linked to convenience and affordability:
For 58% of respondents, it’s essential to conveniently combine a rental service with other modes of transport without having the financial burden of owning a car.
54% of respondents consider car-sharing more affordable than personal vehicles.
The survey proved something we already firmly believed in — car-sharing is a viable alternative to personal cars.
Also, shared mobility is a catalyst for behavioural change. Once people see how affordable and convenient it is, they’re willing to use it regularly and even give up personal cars.
And since a Bolt Drive carcovers three to four times the distance of a private car in one month, car-sharing can replace several private cars and make our roads less congested and cities less polluted.
“The more cars there are in cities, the higher the need for parking spaces, and the higher the noise and air pollution levels. Bolt’s car-sharing vehicles are a viable alternative to private cars that help solve these issues”.
Lukas Yla, Director of Bolt Drive
If you, too, are ready for a change and want to contribute to making your city streets less congested, choose a shared vehicle instead of your car next time you need to go somewhere.