Carsharing, yes; owning, no - An AutoblogGreen writer's story, pt. 2: Knowing your provider

So I've decided to drop my car and use a carsharing scheme. My provider, Avancar, works under a brand named Catalunya Car Sharing. This is the first service in Spain and it only covers Barcelona and some nearby towns. Plans are that the service will extend to some other Spanish cities but I'm not holding my breath for that. As I explained in my previous post, I plan to use a low-cost car rental service (Pepecar) for longer car trips.

Avancar has basically two tariffs. One is for intensive use and the other is for leisure. I'm planning to start with the cheapest one - just because my study shows that my personal usage will likely be in between both of them.

Start: 30 EUR/year of membership costs but you have to add 0.60 EUR/h to the regular tariff (6 EUR/day)
Active: 80 EUR/year (or 24 EUR/trimester)

In either case, you have to pay an hourly rate and for your mileage. No hourly rate is charged when you use the car from midnight to 8 AM. The rate also changes depending on the type of car.

Detailed rates and more information on Avancar are available after the jump. Here's hoping it's the right plan for me.


Type of car Hourly rate EUR / km
Car type Model Hourly rate Full day 1-100 km From 101 km
Utility Opel Corsa, Renault Clio 2,80 €/h 30,00 € 0,28 €/km 0,18 €/km
Compact Ford Focus, Renault Megane 3,20 €/h 34,50 € 0,32 €/km 0,21 €/km
Stationwagon Renault Megane Gran Tour 3,50 €/h 37,50 € 0,35 €/km 0,23 €/km
Familiar Opel Zafira 3,80 €/h 40,50 € 0,38 €/km 0,24 €/km
Minibús Opel Vivaro 4,20 €/h 45,00 € 0,42 €/km 0,27 €/km

The website offers information about Avancar. It's a semi-public company which was born in 2004. Its shareholders are as follows:
  • Fundació Mobilitat Sostenible i Segura (Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Diputació de Barcelona -respectively, Regional Government, City Hall, County-, Associació de Promoció de Transport Públic - an association that promotes public transport)
  • Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía (Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio - National Ministry for Industry)
  • Acciona - a big construction company. The own a lot of parking spaces.
  • Applus - Grup Agbar, which is a company that inspects vehicles.
  • Barcelona de Serveis Municipals - the public company that manages public parking spaces
  • Copcisa - another big construction company.
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya - a railway company
  • Institut Català d'Energia - Generalitat de Catalunya - Regional Institute of Energy.
  • Grup Sarbus - a Bus company
  • Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona - The city mass transit company.

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