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|Benoît Robert (Chairman and CEO)|
Number of employees
|Equivalent to 68 full-time|
Communauto is a company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, that operates a carsharing service in four cities in Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau and Sherbrooke. The company has partnerships with VRTUCAR in Ottawa and CarShareHFX in Halifax, which allows customers to access cars in any city. Communauto also acquired Mobizen, Paris carsharing company, in 2012. It has 40,000 users who share a fleet of approximately 1350 vehicles, station-based and free-floating, as of June 2015. The users per vehicle ratio can rise in winter to 20 users per vehicle and drops to about 15 users per vehicle in summer.
Founded in Quebec City in 1994 by Benoît Robert, its current CEO. Cycling advocate and environmentalist Claire Morissette (1950–2007) played a major role in its evolution starting in 1995, when Communauto established itself in Montreal as a private company. The company goal is to provide a convenient and economical alternative to owning a car.
The impact of carsharing in Quebec was evaluated in a study from Communauto and conducted by Tecsult Inc. in 2006.
- "Good news: Communauto subscribers can now access the self-service vehicles of VRTUCAR in Ottawa!" (Press release). Communauto inc. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "CarShareHFX ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CARSHARING LEADER COMMUNAUTO FOR ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY" (Press release). CNW Group Ltd. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "CO2 emissions reduced by 168 000 tons per year thanks to car-sharing" (Press release). Retrieved 29 April 2014.