The future of car driving is here and it's called car sharing. Car sharing services like Mevo are changing the way we think about transportation, making it more convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Car sharing allows individuals to access a vehicle only when they need it, rather than having to worry about the cost of owning one. Not only does this save money on car payments, insurance and maintenance, but it also reduces the number of cars on the road, resulting in less traffic and pollution.
Reducing the need for car ownership, car sharing in turn reduces the number of cars on the road. It is estimated that one Mevo car replaces 10 private cars and this not only helps to reduce traffic and pollution, but also makes our cities more livable. With fewer cars on the road, there is more space for other modes of transportation such as walking and biking, making our cities more pleasant places to live.
I was introduced to Mevo when I worked in the same office building as them back in early 2021. Shortly after, my car died and I started trialling not owning a car for the first time in about 10 years. Living in the inner suburbs of Wellington, I'm priveledged that for most of our day-to-day living I can walk or use other transport options alot of the time. Mevo really helps for those other times, like when we have big errands to run, want to visit friends or family out of town, travel or head to markets. Almost two years on, I am still carless, and loving Mevo.
One of the major benefits of using a car sharing service is the flexibility it offers. You can pick up a car from one location and drop it off at another, making it perfect for city dwellers like us who only need a car occasionally. With Mevo the rental cost also includes the ability for you to park in any of its home location council carparks for free, fuel/electricity charging costs and each trips emissions are offset by 120% through Ekos which makes us feel pretty good.
For us the biggest connivence of car sharing has been the ability to get a different vehicle each trip depening on our needs. When we are heading to visit family out of town we can get a something small, but when we are going to a market we can get a large car. Without car sharing we would need a large car all the time, when in reality we only need it for a handful of weekends a year.
Traditionally, owning a car has been seen as a status symbol and a necessity. However, after our experiences with car sharing, we hope to see this perception changing as these services expand across Aotearoa.
Thinking about giving Mevo a try? If you use the promo code THEMINIMAL when signing up to Mevo you will get a $50 credit.
We love to partner with amazing brands helping us live more sustainable lives, so after almost two years of using Mevo and being confident in their services, we are excited to be an affliate partner. What does this mean? It means if you use the code above we will also get a credit, which helps us to attend more markets!