GreenMobility deploys 150 electric shared cars in Antwerp
Since this week, there is a new player in car sharing in Belgium: the Danish GreenMobility. Antwerp and Ghent are the first cities outside the Scandinavian countries where the Danish company is active. In the autumn, they will land in Brussels too.
In the Scheldt city, GreenMobility has settled with a fleet of 150 shared cars. It is the first car-sharing system in Antwerp with 100% electric vehicles. The system of the GreenMobility shared cars, using Renault’s ZOE model, can be compared to that of Belgian D’Ieteren-owned Poppy and follows the so-called free-floating principle.
The cars will not have to be parked on fixed positions. There are, however, ‘hotspots’. These are specific parking places in the city, such as underground car parks, where charging points are also available. Brussels Airport is also one of them. You can use the car to drive to Zaventem (Brussels) and back for €15 extra.
Booking, locating, and activating the car is done via a smartphone app. You can pay per minute (0,39 euros), including parking fees, maintenance, and insurance, or with day formulas. Around the clock, there is a customer service stand-by.
“We also have some unique elements in our application,” says Steve Van Avermaet, CEO GreenMobility Belgium. “We reward our customers with free driving minutes when they help us charge the vehicles. Our cars can also be ‘delivered’ to a specific location and time on request. We also have a separate app for companies.”
In September, GreenMobility reached the milestone of 100 000 users in Denmark and Sweden or more than 660 000 journeys with 900 cars. Together, this saved some 667 tons of CO2 emissions.
For the time being, there are 150 cars in Antwerp and 50 in Ghent. “But in time we will expand our fleet,” says Van Avermeat in De Gazet van Antwerpen. “From next year, we will also be active in other European countries: Germany, France, and Austria.” GreenMobility should normally have been launched in Antwerp in the spring, but the global corona pandemic prevented it.
According to Steve Van Avermaet, residents of larger cities are massively looking for reliable and flexible alternatives to their cars. “People are thinking more and more about how they can make a certain journey efficiently before jumping into their car immediately. It is that mindset with various sub-options that will generate a powerful impact on mobility knots.”
“We are not the solution to all current traffic problems on our own. But in combination with other possibilities already on the market, we can undoubtedly go even stronger for the so-called shift.”