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Maximum mobility. Minimum impact.

Our commitment to sustainable transportation

At Outbound, we are on a mission to create mobility experiences that provide you with the freedom of movement you need, while reducing the impact that cars have on our lives, cities, and planet.

We know how important it is for you to find a mobility service that aligns with your ethics. That's why we've committed to a net-zero emissions plan from the start to limit as much carbon as possible from our service.

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We only offer electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of meeting global climate change goals and feature prominently in mitigation pathways that limit warming to well-below 2C or 1.5C.
EVs are responsible for considerably lower emissions over their lifetime than combustion engine vehicles. In Australia, with coal-intensive electricity generation, the benefits of EVs are smaller and they can have similar lifetime emissions to the most efficient conventional vehicles - but as we decarbonise power generation to meet climate targets, driving emissions will fall for existing EVs and manufacturing emissions will fall for new EVs.

We enable 100% carbon neutral trips

For every kilometre driven in an Outbound vehicle, we invest in carbon offsetting solutions that either sequester carbon, such as tree planting; or reduce emissions, such as wind farms that replace coal-fired power stations.
We measure and offset Outbound’s greenhouse gas emissions, delivering our hosts and users carbon-neutral emission-free mobility solutions.

We tackle the ‘one car per person’ challenge

Private vehicle use is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases, with emissions rising every year.
By making shared vehicles the ‘normal’, we can reduce the number of vehicles per capita and the emissions associated with vehicle production and fuel consumption. Typically, every shared car takes up to 15 other cars off the road.
But Outbound isn’t just about carsharing. We provide micromobility options too because so many of the trips we take don’t require a car. By choosing the appropriate vehicle for the trip, we further increase the efficiency of our mobility systems and reduce the impact on our climate.

We advance the e-mobility supply chain

While shared electric cars have exceptional sustainability benefits during use, they can be associated with various negative environmental impacts and social risks in their supply chain, especially due to the batteries.
A true sustainability assessment of such products with global supply chains is complicated due to regional differences of technology, environment, markets, and societies - but we are prioritising partnerships with manufacturers that have transparent, traceable and ambitious zero-emission goals to enable us to advance towards a truly sustainable mobility solution.


What does ‘net-zero’ even mean?
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Net-zero means achieving a balance between the emissions we put into our atmosphere and those taken out. Think of it like a set of scales: producing greenhouse gas emissions tips the scales, and we want to get those scales back into balance, which means no more greenhouse gas can be added to the atmosphere in any given year than is taken out. This state is also referred to as carbon neutral.

To achieve this we need to simultaneously limit the emissions we produce and offset any we do produce by processes that reduce greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere such as carbon sequestration.

‘Zero-emissions’ and ‘zero-carbon’ are slightly different, as they usually mean that no emissions were produced in the first place.

What about our dirty coal-based Australian power grid?
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It’s true that charging from the grid does cause emissions (and Australia’s grid is particularly carbon-intensive), but it’s still a much cleaner option than petrol and diesel cars.

Internal combustion engine vehicles produce emissions both from the tailpipe and during the distribution of fuel.

It’s estimated that electric vehicles use about 30% fewer emissions whilst being charged on the grid. With more renewables entering the system every day, electric vehicles emissions will keep dropping as the electricity grid gets cleaner.

Are people actually going to give up their personal cars and use Outbound?
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Whilst it won’t be for everyone, private cars sit idle 96% of the time and the conditions are ripe for a change in behaviour. We believe that an accessible, convenient, cost-effective and attractive alternative solution will accelerate the transition away from car ownership.

Where are Outbound vehicles available?
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We’re currently building our fleet and testing our service in Queensland, Australia. In the future, we plan to expand across Australia and internationally.