Survey sees opportunities for car-sharing in Flanders

December 18, 2020

The survey ‘Mobility in your neighborhood’ shows that more than half of the cars of more than 4 000 respondents drive less than 10 000 kilometers a year. Four out of ten respondents also indicate that their second car is not used more than three times a week. These results show that there are still […]

Cambio rounds cape of 25 000 members in Flanders

December 15, 2020

The Cambio shared-car platform can present good growth figures, rounding the cape of 25 000 members in 2020 in Flanders. Even plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of members grew by 15%, perfectly comparable to previous years. Covid-19 did cause a decline in the number of Cambio rides, but the number of users is […]

€300 million for Flemish Climate and Energy Pact

December 09, 2020

The Flemish government has worked out a Local Energy and Climate Agreement to help Flemish cities and municipalities meet climate goals. The Pact contains four themes with particular attention to public parks and gardens, energy, shared mobility, and water. The government reserves 300 million euros for the project. According to the Flemish Minister of Internal […]

Selling is out, mobility service is in: Toyota launches Kinto in Europe

December 08, 2020

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota launches Kinto Europe, a provider of mobility services throughout Europe. Toyota wants to involve its dealer network as much as possible, to keep it alive, of course, and stay in touch longer with the clients. Selling is out. All sorts of ‘renting’ offer many more possibilities to please the customer and […]

Leclerc rental agencies order 3 000 electric Dacia Spring

December 01, 2020

French supermarket giant, E.Leclerc, joins forces with Groupe Renault to fast-track electric mobility in France. Through its 504 rental agencies, E.Leclerc will offer 3 000 Dacia Spring cars and 1 000 Renault Zoe models for rent from March 1st, 2021. The group also backed the French Transport Ministry’s plan and announced it would extend its […]

Calculator to prove car sharing is often cheaper than ownership

December 01, 2020

Car sharing is, in many cases, much cheaper than owning a private car. Especially drivers who drive up to 15 000 km per year are almost cheaper with car sharing. That’s what reports. Together with the consumer organization Test-Aankoop and Brussels Mobility, the organization is launching a calculator with which everyone can calculate how […]

Didi D1, a Chinese EV for ride-sharing

November 19, 2020

The Chinese vehicle and battery manufacturer BYD and Didi Chuxing (Asia’s Uber) have unveiled an electric car for the express purpose of ride-hailing. Design-wise, the two partners have obviously been inspired by the VW ID.3, but the technology shows ingenuity. The D1 is technically very interesting, and it will potentially serve a huge market. Shared […]

E-scooters: Bolt targets 50 new cities including Brussels

November 13, 2020

The Bolt mobility platform will invest 100 million euros in extending its offer of shared e-scooters and bicycles to more than fifty new cities in Europe, including Brussels, Zurich, and Hamburg. This was announced on Thursday by the Estonian micro-mobility company, headquartered in Tallinn. Bolt plans to operate 130 000 e-scooters and bicycles in 2021 […]

ALD: ‘cars to be leased up to their entire lifespan’

November 13, 2020

The French leasing multinational, ALD Automotive, sees opportunities, especially for electric cars that are less prone to wear out rapidly, to have them ‘leased’ up to their entire lifespan by ‘multi-cycle leasing, used car sales, and multi-channel distribution.’ On Thursday, ALD Automotive, daughter of Société Général, presented its ambitious five-year strategic plan ‘Move 2025’. ALD […]

Bird settles down again in Brussels as shared e-step distributor

November 05, 2020

After Lime and Dott, the Santa Monica-based US micro-mobility company, Bird, becomes the third e-scooter distributor in the Belgian capital. The launch happened earlier this week. During the first two weeks of operations in Brussels, Bird offers rides with their dockless e-scooters for just 1 euro (up to 15 minutes each). Bird’s e-steps were already […]

Seven rentable cargo e-bikes to keep trucks out of Antwerp

October 23, 2020

Three Antwerp organizations – mobility organization Bycykel, thrift store Kringwinkel, and building material company Ecomat/Circomat – have invested in seven electric cargo bikes and accompanying trailers. Other companies and people living in the neighborhood can borrow those vehicles. The city of Antwerp supports the initiative. “The city wants to support entrepreneurs who offer solutions for […]

Arval strategically focuses on ‘360-degree mobility solutions’

October 07, 2020

Arval International, the leasing branch of French international banking group BNP Paribas, has unfolded on Tuesday its ‘strategic plans’ for the next five years. It is resolutely opting for a new business plan focusing on ‘sustainable mobility solutions’ and integrating the leasing car. And this should be preferable an electric one, eventually combined with or […]

Brussels: more shared e-scooter drop-off zones

September 30, 2020

After banning free-floating parking in certain areas of the Region, Brussels announced it would create dedicated drop-off zones. This Tuesday, the first was installed at the Etterkeek train station, 19 more will follow. The design has been approved by all transport operators for a countrywide homogenous look. Alternative mobility is increasing in Brussels. At the […]

Q-Park and Parkmobile join forces

September 29, 2020

Belgium is the first European country to give consumers access to almost all Q-Park parking facilities via the Parkmobile app from the Daimler-BMW joint venture Park Now. Today, users have access to 45 garages with more than 20 000 parking spaces across the country. Cooperation at international level In this way, both companies respond to […]

Mechelen has new shared e-scooter platform

September 25, 2020

Mechelen is introducing a new platform for shared e-scooters. The new Belgian provider, Hopp, will be operational as of next Sunday and immediately offers 70 e-scooters. Citizens have ten minutes to try them out for free. Shared mobility An earlier experiment with shared e-scooters was a success: in four months, more than 11 000 people […]

Jump is coming back to Brussels

September 15, 2020

The red electric shared bicycles of Jump should reappear on the Brussels Region’s street next week. After leaving without drum or trumpet as the coronavirus lockdown hit in late March, the free-floating service comes back under the umbrella of American e-scooter operator Lime. “We hope to be back next week. Brussels citizens have largely modified their […]

‘Proximus considering selling Be-Mobile and Flitsmeister’

September 11, 2020

Belgian telecom operator, Proximus, is considering selling its mobility daughter Be-Mobile, also the owner of the popular Dutch navigation service Flitsmeister. It appointed a merchant bank to study the ‘strategic options’, newspaper De Tijd writes quoting a source close to the dossier. Proximus itself didn’t want to comment. According to De Tijd, the ‘strategic exercise’ […]

Mobly and Europ Assistance launch alternative MaaS app

September 09, 2020

Insurance start-up Mobly, a subsidiary of Baloise, and Europ Assistance are launching a new MaaS (Mobility as a Service) app designed for alternative mobility solutions. With MovEasy, clients and employees of partnered companies can book and use a series of alternative transport solutions, from shared cars to bicycles or taxis. The app also allows stranded […]

Group purchase makes electric cars up to €6 700 cheaper

September 09, 2020

Samen Sterker, a group purchase organization, linked with the socialist party sp.a and the union ABVV, organizes once again a group purchase for electric cars. Subscribers can save up to €6 700 for an EV purchase. It makes some EVs cheaper than their ICE counterparts. Samen Sterker already organized a similar purchase action in 2017, […]

Getaround to open 12 car-sharing stations in Brussels

September 08, 2020

American company and self-proclaimed world leader in car-sharing, Getaround, will install twelve new fixed car-sharing stations in the city of Brussels. With 24 new city cars made available by Getaround, the fleet dot shared-cars in Brussels will count 186 cars, to which must be added those of Poppy available in free-floating. “It’s very good news […]

French Symone aims for clean highway car shuttle service

September 08, 2020

The Symone Project, dreamt out by three young French entrepreneurs, aims at gathering cars on a truck and trailer for long-distance highway journeys. Up to seven cars can be packed up at the back while passengers enjoy a comfortable journey in a dedicated passenger area. As soon as the solution is available, Symone trucks will […]

Electric car-sharing Zen Car goes bust

September 07, 2020

Electric car-sharing operator Zen Car, active in Belgium since 2011, goes into judicial reorganization. After showing difficulties to make the car-sharing model work in Belgium, and a failed attempt to work on B2B solutions, the coronavirus crisis put the final nail in Zen Car’s coffin. The company is now in the hands of a court […]

Brussels non-profit Remorquable rents bicycle trailers

August 25, 2020

The Brussels non-profit organization Remorquable just received European subsidies to develop its bicycle trailer renting platform. Subscription-based, the system allows anyone to add the 1,2 meter-long and 60 cm-wide trailer at the back of their bicycle for a maximum of 24 hours. Remorquable’s offer counts four trailers and three bicycles but the young non-profit aims […]

Bolloré pulls plug on car-sharing Bluely in Lyon

July 31, 2020

After seven years, the Bolloré group throws in the towel on its car-sharing service Bluely in Lyon, France. Comparable to Paris’ Autolib’, the service will stop on August 31. Bruno Bernard, President of Lyon’s metropolis, says he’s looking to implement a comparable service in acceptable deadlines. Just like they did in Paris at the end […]

‘My car, my safety’: shared transport suffers

July 30, 2020

The sector of shared (e-)bikes and (e-)scooters is severely affected by the corona crisis. People are afraid to use them for fear of contamination. It also explains the increased sales of second-hand cars. The old slogan ‘My car, my freedom’ has changed into ‘My car, my safety’. International trend Since the corona crisis, our mobility […]

Flanders combines mobility options in new ‘Hoppin’ brand

July 24, 2020

Flanders launches the new mobility brand ‘Hoppin’. With Hoppin, all available mobility solutions become more recognizable in the street scene, which should make it easier for commuters to combine transport options. Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), will make 100 million euros available for some 1 000 mobility points in […]

Swapfiets is conquering European capitals

July 02, 2020

Swapfiets, the company with the iconic shared bicycles with the blue front tire, is planning to conquer the European capitals. On Thursday, the company has announced to expand its working territory to London, Paris, and Milan before the end of this year. On top of that, Swapfiets offers some new e-mobility products. 200 000 subscribers […]

Leuven introduces shared electric cargo bikes

July 01, 2020

The city of Leuven already offers shared cars from Cambio and Partago, but on Wednesday, June 1st, the city introduces shared cargo bikes from the Dutch company Cargoroo. In the first phase, nine vehicles will be parked in the inner city and on two locations in Kessel-Lo. Later this year, the number will go up […]

Belfius becomes reference shareholder of D’Ieteren’s Skipr

June 30, 2020

Skipr, the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform of D’Ieteren Auto’s start-up incubator LabBox, gets a seven million euros Series A funding and a new reference shareholder, Belgian state-owned bank Belfius. It will allow Skipr to expand and look over the borders, starting with France at the end of 2020. Most of the other EU […]

Clem to roll out fleet of shared electric vans in Paris

June 29, 2020

Young French startup Clem is rolling out on Wednesday the first 54 shared electric vans – Renault Kangoo ZE and Nissan e-NV200 – in 20 districts in the Paris metropolitan area. In the short term, that fleet will grow to 300 vehicles stationed on 100 locations, most of the former Autolib. A fleet of shared […]