With SnappCar you can join the share economy
In the Netherlands, around 8 million cars are unused for approximately 23 hours a day. In 2011, Dutchmen Victor van Tol and Pascal Ontijd decided to address this situation and founded SnappCar: an online community where today more than 200,000 participants in four European countries already share their vehicles.
Under the SnappCar scheme all vehicles are all-risk insured, participants are screened thoroughly and SnappCar provides 24/7 backup and service. For users, it offers a vehicle hire option at 30-50% lower cost than conventional rental companies and the money goes into the pockets of local citizens, sometimes even their own neighbours, rather than multi-nationals.
Users can easily find vehicles in their immediate vicinity online, by telephone or by using a smartphone app. As a frontrunner in the share economy, but also as a social enterprise, SnappCar aims to make a positive change in society by contributing to stronger social networks in cities and communities, reducing CO2 emissions, and saving costs.
Last minute bookings
Last summer, over 20,000 people used a share car for their holiday, according to SnappCar. That is a 100% increase on the previous year. Many of them opted for electric Tesla cars. The most popular cars were Peugeot 206, Volkswagen Polo and Opel Corsa. 600 holiday makers booked last minute.
SnappCar is the largest Dutch and second largest European online community which enables denizens to share cars fully insured. With almost 200,000 members in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, the SnappCar community is helping save costs and reduce CO2 emissions.
The Dutch government has pledged to achieve a 100% circular economy by 2050. In just over one generation, the world will be inhabited by nine billion people. This will inevitably put huge pressure on resources. The Netherlands itself is densely populated, with a population density of 18% compared to 0.5% globally. Societies across the world have to switch to sustainable sources in order to feed, clothe and shelter their growing populations. Dutch industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens in partnership with government want to lead the way, creating innovative solutions to tackle the challenges. By launching the Netherlands Circular Hotspot (NLCH) it is our intention to become a living lab, developing and sharing solutions to counter the effects of climate change. In doing so, the Netherlands aims to help leave behind a liveable earth for the next generation.