Discovering sustainable mobility (III)

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Recently we attended the 3rd National Conference on Sharing Mobility and discovered a world in great turmoil that deserves careful consideration.

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The explicit question of the operators of shared mobility is “are you sure that you really need to buy a car, to pay for stamp duties, annual insurance, maintenance and shelter even if you use it little or nothing?”

For older people this question is like a stab in their heart.

But how? You ask me to give up my status symbol, the freedom to decide at any time where and with whom to move, the chance to bring my beautiful girl around, all the rights I struggled to achieve when I was young.

Worse still for car lovers who feel that their dreams come true in the design, engine power and other features of their vehicle.

This is indeed the case, but the world has changed and, beyond the economic possibility of individuals, the discussion must be moved to a global scale. What is today the social cost of a vehicle for each person in terms of space, energy, logistics, CO2 emissions and so on and so forth?

With a market offer that is becoming more and more precise and effective, even the most reluctant person will be able to approach shared mobility, which does not necessarily mean sharing the same vehicle with others on the same route.

Also public transports involve this type of sharing, but their travel lines are fixed and certainly in most cases they do not bring you to your front door.

The new proposals for mobility sharing are specifically addressed to those who don’t want or cannot purchase a vehicle or use public transports, but who can instead find a vehicle temporarily available for them, in front of their house or in pre-established places. Raising the level and quality of the service will increase the number of users.

The offer ranges from the simplest vehicles, bicycles and scooters, to motorcycles and all kinds of car, that can be made available / km / hours / days, with solutions that are becoming more and more attractive.

There are several advantages:

the costs are proportionate to the actual use of the vehicle

it is possible to access traffic restricted areas, thanks to specific agreements with operators and public administrations

it is not necessary to look for a parking lot or to worry about its cost

it is possible to choose the vehicle according to one’s needs (scooter, city car, van, station wagon, sport car etc.).

 

The sector operators in large and medium towns are already competitive, with savings for the users that range from 20 to 80% / year, depending on the vehicle and the type of use.

Even better for car owners willing to make their car available when they don’t need it. In this way they cannot only save but even earn some money, by registering on a web group for car sharing.

 

There are also building companies and farsighted investment funds that are planning to provide shared mobility services for apartment blocks, in the same way as air conditioning, lighting and cleaning. In practice, the condo provides one or more vehicles with a parking lot and driver that can be booked according to need. For the time being, we are talking of urban mobility, which should rent vehicles with a low environmental impact (electric or hybrid). All this is very interesting and looks like a real mobility revolution, with a total shift from ownership to service and with undeniable advantages in terms of costs, space, time and pollution.

 

See below some of the proposals of the operators who attended the meeting:

 

  1. Two-wheel electric scooter: self-balancing (wheels side by side), classic (wheels in line) or scooter, compared to a 50 cc petrol engine, it has negligible annual costs

 

Cost/year (in Euro)FuelStampInsuranceTotal
50 cc Scooter                            900255001425
Electric Scooter 3030

 

  1. Shared car – you need to register on the website, to choose the car and the parking lot, to pick up the car and use it from a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 72 hours, to return the car to the same parking lot or to one of those on the website list.

 

TariffHoursKms
07 am – 22 pm22 pm – 07 amUp to 159 Km
Urban 2,50€/h1,40€/h0,49€/km

 

Everyone can choose the most convenient rate according to the use.

 

Advantages: fuel, stamp, insurance included, free access to traffic restricted areas and in days with alternated number plates, reserved car parking, no limit booking, low cost rates.

 

  1. Shared car by its owner –  the car owner needs to register on the website, to register the car he intends to share and the related insurance coverage, to deliver the car keys. The car user needs to register on the website, to choose the car, to meet the owner for the keys, to drive safely and to return the keys to the owner.

 

Alternative solutions can be sought according to the needs of each customer and depending on the city, the type of use and the required vehicle.

 

This post intends to provide an opportunity to the readers, especially to those with a more innovative approach to life, to start thinking about sharing mobility that is gradually taking shape.

(to be continued)