VRTUCAR and Communauto breathe new life to carsharing into southwestern Ontario

Communauto and VRTUCAR  announce today the purchase of Community CarShare co-operative’s assets.

VRTUCAR is committed to ensuring continuity of excellent service while also investing in future development” says Wilson Wood, founder and president of VRTUCAR.




This will allow the access to Communauto services in 7 cities: KingstonOttawaGatineau, Montreal, SherbookeQuebec City and Halifax.


Another exciting change coming soon is a new, lower price structure. As an example, members under the “Occasional” plan would pay $16.50 for a 1,5-hour, 15 kilometres trip. Under VRTUCAR’s price structure and it’s most popular “Value” plan, the same trip would cost $11.78 to a Community CarShare member.  A 29% saving, or $11.25 with the Open plan, no monthly fee.


Existing members will  enjoy VRTUCAR’s best rates without a requirement to pay a refundable deposit; their current deposit status and plans will be “grandfathered”.


The introduction of a mobile App, for locating and reserving cars, will improve the user experience.


Communauto group plan to increase the number of cars and stations. It will alsow potentially introduce new services, as soon as the conditions for a sustainable operation are met.


Communauto and VRTUCAR are very proud of their social, environmental and urban values. They also take pride in their mission: being an alternative to private automobile ownership. They carrie the same goal of the original founders of Community CarShare. Making carsharing economically sustainable in South Ontario is essential. This will give it the resources to increase and develop. We will put all our efforts in to achieving this goal  and we hope to count on the support of all cities we serve” says Benoit Robert, founder and president of Communauto.


Learn more: www.vrtucar.com


About VRTUCAR and Communauto Group

VRTUCAR is an Ontario carsharing company based in Ottawa and Kingston. Established in Ottawa in 2000 by local environmentalists and entrepreneurs, the service has grown into a reliable transportation network, 140 shared cars (40 % Hybrid or EV) located in Ottawa and Kingston. In 2016, VRTUCAR merged with Communauto, the oldest carsharing service in North America and the one serving the largest number of communities in Canada.

The social and environmental driven company founded in 1994 provides a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles in 11 cities in Canada (Waterloo Region, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montréal/Laval/ Longueuil, Quebec City/Lévis, Sherbrooke, Halifax) and in Paris, France. Communauto group offers both round-trip and free-floating carsharing.

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Marco Viviani,
Vice-president, strategic development
1 514 499-2956

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