Waiting for the economic impact as more Canadians consider going car-free
'Mobility as a Service' may be a bigger shake-up to the car industry than electric vehicles.
Volkswagen, the company that alternates with Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker, shook up the global industry last week when it announced it would begin accepting orders for its new electric car, the ID.3.
With a price and a 550-kilometre range that challenge the Tesla 3, the new Golf-sized battery-powered car signalled a startling shift for the German automotive sector that only a few years ago seemed locked into its historic specialization in fossil fuel technology.
But just as skeptics have repeatedly underestimated the ability of the car business to adapt to climate change, there is early evidence of a potentially bigger transformation underway: the move to abandon car ownership altogether.
The fact is that in jammed urban cores with highrise population densities, it's simply impossible for everyone to travel in a car, whether you own it yourself or rent your ride — something that Marco D'Angelo, CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association, realized before getting rid of his own car about six months ago.
"Someone's not going to use a ride-sharing program 100% of the time," he said. "But once they've moved away from having a privately owned vehicle that's parked 96% of the year, all of sudden, all of the options are on the table."