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A better way to get around for when you could really use a car.

Welcome to The City of Oberlin's Electric Vehicle Carshare — a carshare program for Oberlin residents and students attending Oberlin College.

Oberlin EV Carshare is powered by Sway Mobility – Click here to learn more.

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Why Carshare?

Not everybody needs or wants to own a car. Especially when you consider that most of us only drive our cars a few hours a week,  which means we spend a lot of money for them to just sit there depreciating. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense in urban settings!

Carsharing is a great way to save money by only paying for a car when you actually need it. According to AAA, the average cost to own a car is $9,000 a year when you factor in car payments, gas, parking, insurance, and maintenance. That's a lot!

Using a carshare car a handful of times a month for those necessary trips can save you thousands of dollars a year. 

Carshare is great for:

  • Trips to the grocery store

  • Meetings

  • Healthcare appointments

  • Visiting friends or family in another city

  • Running errands

  • Picking up Aunt Ethel from the airport

  • And more...


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How Does It Work?

It really couldn't be easier to use Oberlin's community car. Here's how to get started.
  1. Download the app
  2. Follow the step-by-step signup process
  3. Get verified to drive*
    • Review our Terms of Service as it has important eligibility info
    • Drivers under the age of 22 must have a clean driving record and two years of driving history to be eligible
  4. Schedule a ride in one of the cars using the app
  5. Unlock your car using your phone
  6. Unplug your car and start your trip
  7. Return (you must return to the same location), plugin, and end your trip
  8. Repeat as needed


It only costs $8/hr (plus tax) to use Oberlin's shared car. That includes everything from electricity to insurance and up to 25 miles of driving per hour. 
*Because insurance is provided, a motor vehicle record check is required to start using Oberlin's carshare service. There is a one-time $14.50 fee to run the MVR check but once approved, one hour of driving credits will be applied to your account.
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Get Started


Download The App


Create An Account

Select Discover Offers Nearby from the main screen then choose Oberlin EV Carshare or Oberlin Student.

If you have questions or are need of customer support, please visit our FAQ page or contact

If you need immediate assistance, please text

or call us at 

(831) 228-8190

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