How Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Impacts the Environment

Peer-to-peer car sharing has lots of great benefits. It saves you money. It’s easy and convenient. It helps you cover the expenses of the car you already own. One benefit we don’t always talk about is how great P2P car sharing is for the environment.

More Cars Than Drivers in the US

There are 254M registered passenger vehicles in the US, but only 196M licensed drivers. That means there are 1.3 cars out there for every driver. Think about that. Including children and other people who can’t drive, there is more than one car for every person in the country. In addition, the average car sits idle for all but an hour a day!

A New, Environmentally Friendly Way to Rent Cars

RelayRides, a peer-to-peer rental car company, helps to solve that waste of resources. Car owners can turn their idle cars into cash-generating rental car businesses and make extra money to offset their car expenses. On the other side, renters get to rent unique cars (Porsche, anybody?) that would otherwise sit idle and go unused. That means we’re not only maximizing the utilization of expensive resources, but also saving money on all the costs associated with owning a car.

Less CO2 Emissions

If every home in the United States signed up for car sharing, we would save 73,000,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year. That’s a lot of zeroes! To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent in weight to 80 Golden Gate Bridges.


Rather than write more, we’ll let this infographic do the talking. Check it out and spread the word! Then, take a look at some of the great rental cars available on RelayRides and consider listing your own car.