Car shares come in all shapes and sizes - chances are a model that works for you has already succeeded elsewhere.

Developing a corporate car share program follows closely with vehicle and fleet right-sizing. The first step is to get in touch with an established car share organization (CSO) to discuss the potential of developing such a program. For example, City of Vancouver staff use local car sharing, and have vehicles that are on  the car share system. 

To understand if your local government would be better off taking on such a program, conduct a functional and operational analysis of your entire fleet. Work with your drivers and mechanics / technicians to design the ideal vehicles and resulting fleet on paper. Focus on driving-associated objectives and how they could best be completed, rather than just how your fleet currently works.

Develop vehicle and fleet requirements based on this design. Pay particularly close attention to scheduling as time requirements play a critical role in how many and what type of automobiles should compose the car share portion of your fleet. Develop scheduling and sign-out functions to ensure that your car share program operates as smoothly as possible.

Once you understand what you need your fleet to do and when you need it done, look for opportunities when you do not need vehicles. For example, weekends, holidays, or after hours on weekdays. During these times, community members may be willing to pay to use your vehicles rather than having them just sit around.

A fuel data management system and benchmarking program will be particularly handy in monitoring and analyzing your ongoing vehicle and fleet requirements. You should revisit these tools to analyze your car share program frequently during the initial stages of its operation and make adjustments as they become clearly beneficial.