Can America end her love affair with cars ?

This was the question I had on my mind as I read that for the first time in 60 years, the US car fleet decreased by four million in 2009. Is this a limited phenomenon or will it continue ?

The Earth Policy Insitute believes this trend could last until at least 2020. This makes sense to me as with the economic crisis and relatively high oil prices, people are looking for other options.

From public transportation to carpooling and from carsharing to bikes (traditional or electric), there are many alternatives to cars. But will it be enough to change the American way of life ?

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Less cars in towns with car sharing systems

car2goLet’s face it, if you live in a large urban area with a decent public transportation system, you don’t really need that much to own a car. Indeed, renting one when you need one would satisfy you.

This is why car sharing systems are beginning to appear all around the world and are due to have a bright future as they propose to get rid of a personal car and all the related hassle.

One of the best examples of this is Car2go, launched in October in the German city of Ulm by the local carmaker Daimler.

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