Cityhop is New Zealand’s first and largest car share service. It disrupts the outdated model of buying a car and encourages alternatives, such as public transport or cycling. It says the carbon crisis cannot be solved alone by swapping every transport vehicle to an electric vehicle. It requires a change in behaviour, and a reduction in our travel consumption.
Cityhop has over 200 car share vehicles, including about 50 electric vehicles, around Auckland and Wellington. Despite this modest number, it has more than 10,000 car sharing members and hundreds of businesses using its service.
Cityhop estimates its service has removed 3,000 vehicles off New Zealand roads, providing 2 million kg of carbon dioxide equivalent savings every year. It also says its service annually delivers about $5 million in public health benefits to both Wellington and Auckland through less congestion, less road trauma, reduced air pollution, and reduced damage to the natural environment.
The business is looking to expand into other centres and is forecasting that it will have 500 car share vehicles by late 2021.