GreenMobility opens three e-car sharing hotspots in Brussels
Danish car-sharing platform GreenMobility, using 100% electric cars, arrives in Brussels and opens hotspots for its shared cars in three underground car parks. “Thanks to the three hotspots, GreenMobility is the first free-floating partner who allows roaming between Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels,” explains CEO Steve Van Avermaet.
The company, which is already active in Antwerp and Ghent, announces in a press release that parking is only possible in these three preselected spaces as free-floating street parking is still unavailable in Brussels due to the pandemic. Users can borrow a car in Antwerp or Ghent and drive to the Belgian capital and leave the car in Brussels.
GreenMobility expands its reach to the Belgian capital after already being active in Antwerp and Ghent with around 200 electric Renault models since September 2020. GreenMobility now operates in eight European cities and counts more than 120 000 users.
The Danish company works with the free-floating car-sharing principle, but it also uses what it calls ‘hotspots’. These are reserved and free-parking spots where users can park and charge the shared electric Renault ZOE and Kangoo cars.
‘Demand to come’
The three new hotspots in Brussels are the underground Interparkings Munt/La Monnaie, Grote Markt/Grande Place, and 2 Poorten/Portes. Parking is only possible in those spaces as free-floating street parking is still unavailable.
Unconventionally, GreenMobility hasn’t increased the number of cars in its fleet, but it says it will provide at least one car per hotspot in Brussels for users to commute to Antwerp or Ghent.
“People are currently not traveling like in pre-corona times. We thought it would be more interesting to postpone the big launch of GreenMobility in Brussels until later in the year when there is more demand for mobility solutions,” declared Steve Van Avermaet, GreenMobility’s Managing Director for Belgium, to the Belga press agency.
GreenMobility will soon launch a new service as well. Thanks to GreenMobility Business, employees can register on one common company profile, making it easier for employers to keep a clear overview of all the rides.
GreenMobility offers to use the shared cars in the city or to opt for a leasing formula. In that case, you always have a car available for a fixed monthly fee. Insurance and maintenance are taken care of.
Most flexible solution
In the meantime, GreenMobility is expanding its activities in Ghent with new hotspots in Molenberg, Sint-Amandsberg, Mariakerke, Blaarmeersen, and Wondelgem. “People appreciate the flexibility of our system,” says Van Avermaet. With our new hotspots and satellites, we meet the city’s and city dweller’s demand.”
GreenMobility was created in 2016 in Copenhagen. The company’s mission is to offer city dwellers a fully electric mobility alternative based on the free-floating principle. It’s the most flexible way of car sharing in an urban context. Users can easily find, reserve, and activate a shared car through an app on their smartphone.
Since the kick-off in October last year, the GreenMobility fleet in Belgium already covered 267 948 kilometers, representing a saving of 31,75 tons of CO2.arin