Past and future
In 2014 Thibault and Karim were in the process of planting the seeds of Virtuo. Their thinking was simple: what if one app could radically change the car rental experience and allow customers to rent cars 24/7 all through their phones. No waiting in line, no paperwork, 0 hassle.
But the truly defining moment that shaped their vision of Virtuo came when they realized how unsustainable car ownership is. Paris has half a million cars on its streets and 95% of the time these cars remain idle. They take up 50% of our urban space and even more shockingly, they are responsible for 12% of all CO2 emissions.
That got them thinking beyond the simple car rental problem. Whilst both love cars and the freedom they enable, they hate the way cars have been shaping our lives, our cities, and our planet. Instead, people should have the freedom to access cars only when they need one and have the power to make them disappear from sight when they don’t.
That’s what Virtuo is all about.
As a team, we have the unique opportunity to create a car on-demand experience that has the potential to impact the lives of millions of users across the globe in a truly significant way.
2016 & 2018: Best apps on the app store
2019: LinkedIn Top Startup
2021: Winner of G20 Innovation league
2021 & 2022: FrenchTech Top 120
2022: BOLDest Mobility prize at the BOLD Awards
2022: Silver Medal at the 15th edition of “Trophées des Achats”
We’re on a mission to create the leading car on-demand experience that liberates people from traditional car rental and car ownership altogether. In doing so, we strive to build a more sustainable future that is burden-free for ourselves, our cities, and our planet.
Our vision is to inspire a future with no personal cars in cities, where car ownership becomes the exception and cars on-demand the norm.
To reach our dream, we open new locations in new countries every year and consistently recruit new Virtuosos with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset.
🧠 Virtuoso Mindset
We are talented, humble, and we always improve, experiment, and innovate.
💫 Impact is our OS
We focus on what drives the most significant impact on our customers, partners, and team.
💪🏼 Responsible and proud
We are committed to our mission to free customers and cities from car ownership.
We help each other and grow stronger within and across teams.
💙 Users at heart
Users are #1, they are at the heart of everything we do
🙋🏼♂️ Owners, not renters
We don't settle until we achieve our objectives.
Commitments and CSR
To create the leading car on-demand experience that liberates people from traditional car rental and car ownership altogether. In doing so, we strive to build a more sustainable future that is burden-free for ourselves, our cities, and our planet.
Engagement to decrease our carbon emissions:
💚 We are engaged in a low-carbon transition with the ACT methodology
💚 We plan on transitioning to Electric Vehicles
💚 Virtuo Sustainability crew: Virtuosos are trying to make our office more sustainable with concrete actions
Since 2021 we offset all emissions resulting from our car trips by financing renewable energy projects in Europe.
We also offer our customers the opportunity to contribute to offsetting, and to choose the project they prefer.