Autonapul becomes the first ever Czech carsharing association. It is the result of an inspiration among the families of friends. Based on plenty of foreign examples, one of the founding members has made his old car available for the experiment and so sharing is started. The Autonapul association has always owned its fleet of cars, and we have not experimented with any peer-to-peer system, where cars belong to individual members.
Important milestone: merger with another carsharing association in Brno, Autodruzstvo. This brings the fifth car into the fleet, as well as new enthusiastic members. Soon the number of users and cars starts to climb, and it is clear that we need more than an association for our organizational structure.
Autonapul has grown to 70+ sharers and nine cars, so a cooperative is founded. The number of members in the cooperative is restricted; most people are part of client relationships. Members of the cooperative are usually closely involved in the management of Autonapul. Financing further growth is successfully provided by members and sharers, only from the outside in exceptional cases. All the work around it is still done voluntarily.
Expansion to Liberec and Prague.
Important milestone: introduction of professional carsharing technology, enabling access to cars using chip cards. We operate 17 cars and the number of users is steadily growing. Further growth has been supported by a grant from the Via Foundation (Prague) under their “Better Business” programme, financially supported by UniCredit Bank. Operations in Plzeň and Ostrava were kicked off, thus covering all five of the biggest cities in the country.
We stilll grow and expand to Pardubice and Hradec Králové and lately also to Olomouc. Our users now can share cars in 8 cities. This year we finish with 55 cars.
We are in České Budějovice. And of course we added more new cars for our new as well as current customers.
At the beginning of the year we have 73 cars and during March we are expanding to the 10th Czech city - Zlín.