Here are Europe's Top-5 car-sharing boomtowns
Turin, Krakow, Istanbul, Zagreb and Lyon (pictured): those five European cities will be the hotspots of the coming shared-mobility boom. In a whitepaper, Vulog explains why.
Using its own global experience as a provider of shared-mobility technology, France-based company Vulog has identified five European cities to watch when it comes to car-sharing.
Why these five? First off, because they possess the necessary ingredients:
- a large population;
- high population density;
- high levels of private car ownership; and
- a cooperative city administration.
The last factor is the catalyst: by offering free parking or access to bus lanes to shared cars, city administrations can be the factor that turns pilot projects into successful ventures.
Here’s a short overview of those factors in each of the five shared-mobility ‘boomtowns’ identified by Vulog:
- High population density (nearly 7,000/km2)
- High level of car ownership (674‰)
- City-sponsored foundation promotes sustainable development (Turin Smart City)
- Large population (around 800,000)
- Large segment is young and dynamic (43.5% is 15-44 years old)
- More than 10 million tourists per year
- Huge population (15 million, 6 million of which are 15-44 years old)
- Second-most congested city in the world
- More than 22 million vehicles in the city
- One of the region’s highest population densities (4,316/km2)
- Member of CIVITAS, which promotes active investment in clean, efficient transport
- City grants free parking to car-sharing operators
- Large population (2.2 million) and high density (10,739 km/2)
- 600 new EV charging stations by 2020
- Second-largest public transport network in France
- City is familiar with shared services
The crucial factor, according to the Vulog whitepaper: population density. Car-sharing success is easier to achieve in places packed with people. It’s much likelier that a shared car at the end of a trip will find another user to begin its next journey in such a place.
Also important: high levels of car ownership. This indicates cars will remain the preferred mode of transport, also in a sharing ecosystem. Every shared car replaces 10 to 14 non-shared vehicles. Car-sharing thus significantly helps to reduce congestion, pollution and parking problems.
A further characteristic of car-sharing is the method’s tendency towards electric mobility: with a little help from city administrations (in terms of parking and recharging spaces), EVs can be the quickest, easiest way around town.
Vulog is a leader in shared-mobility software. Its technology underpins 25 car-sharing services on five continents, including VW’s WeShare, Kia’s WiBLE and PSA’s Free2Move.