Can carsharing play a decisive role in electric mobility uptake?
A White Paper showcasing the five main reasons why e-carsharing already plays a central role in the development of electric mobility has been published by car2go.
Benefits of electric carsharing, or e-carsharing, include real world strain testing for electric vehicles by its users, installation of charging equipment to support electric vehicle uptake according to car2go’s CEO, Olivier Reppert at the Future Mobility Summit in Berlin.
He said: “Fully electric carsharing is an optimal test environment for electric cars. The technology is subjected to maximum strain and proves its suitability for everyday use under real conditions.”
The “overall system of electric mobility” can gain from e-carsharing, including vehicle manufacturers, electricity providers, network operators, battery manufacturers, research institutions, cities and its users.
“We are convinced that the future of carsharing is electric – which is why we are promoting its systematic development. Fully electric carsharing fleets further strengthen the already positive effects of carsharing, for example the improved air quality in metropolitan areas.
“Additionally, we help cities solve the chicken-and-egg problem incurred with the charging infrastructure. Hence, we make a significant contribution towards the further promotion of electric mobility as a whole,” explained Reppert.
car2go operates electric carsharing fleets in three locations (Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid) with a total of 1,400 vehicles that are used by 365,000 customers. An additional 400 electric cars will be introduced by the end of 2019 in Hamburg.
“Electric mobility and carsharing both follow the same strategic goal: to make cities a cleaner and better place to live. But there is more to it,” states the car2go White Paper.
The White Paper can be downloaded here.