Car-sharing provider Share Now has provided insights into statistics on the use of electric vehicles in its European car-sharing fleet. The company now operates 2,900 BMW, Mini, Smart and Fiat electric cars at four all-electric and four partially electric locations.
Share Now relies exclusively on electric vehicles in Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris, while a mixed fleet of electric and conventional cars is used in Hamburg, Munich, Copenhagen and Budapest. Share Now says that the 2,900 electric cars distributed among these eight locations account for a quarter of the total fleet. This means that the 1:4 ratio has not changed since the beginning of 2020. At the time, the service announced that the electric share of the fleet had increased to 25 per cent.
What is new is the fact that, since the first electric vehicles were floated in 2011, Drive Now customers across Europe have driven 200 million kilometres purely on electric power. That’s equivalent to about 5,000 circumnavigations of the globe the company asserts.
Share Now also says that, according to its statistics, customers make around 11,000 electric trips per day based. “Around 600,000 customers rent an electric car every eight seconds,” the company says. From January to May 2021, the average time spent renting an electric car from Share Now across Europe increased by 23 per cent compared to the previous year. The top performer here was the all-electric Stuttgart location, with a 40 per cent increase.
The car-sharing provider recently added the Fiat 500e to its fleet portfolio in Amsterdam. At the same time, the electric share of vehicles in the fleet has not always expanded everywhere. In 2020, for example, Share Now withdrew its electric vehicles from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Cologne. At the time, Share Now complained of insufficient charging infrastructure, although these cities do not do too badly placed for charging in an overall comparison in Germany: In the city ranking of the BDEW charging station register, last year Düsseldorf –with a population of around 600,000 inhabitants– still comes in fifth place in Germany with 225 publicly accessible charging points. Cologne is in tenth place with 159 charging points. Both cities have plans for the expansion of charging points.
Share Now was created in 2019 through the merger of BMW’s DriveNow service with Daimler’s Car2go service. “We already operate the largest electric free-floating vehicle fleet in Europe,” says CEO Olivier Reppert. “ShareNow thus offers millions of city dwellers an easy, first contact with electric vehicles. In the long term, we want to attract even more users to this sustainable form of propulsion.”