Although in an epidemic, community driving is a possible solution for contactless and safe transportation, yet many still do not believe in car-sharing.
Yet the numbers prove that this means the future of transport, at least in big cities. There are currently more than 1,000 carsharing cars in use in Budapest, compared to 4 years ago – when GreenGo first launched its fleet on the market with 45 electric cars – the development is unquestionable. Yet we lag behind a similarly sized Vienna, where roughly one and a half times as many community cars run on the roads. In the last few weeks, Hungary's “digital switchover” has taken place, and a part of the population is already managing their affairs online. The question is whether we can also expect a transformation of transport during the crisis.
A quarter of Hungarians don't even know it
What is certain is that many people here do not even know what carsharing grows on a tree. K&H conducted a survey of 500 people, which shows that 26 percent of those surveyed do not even understand exactly what car-sharing is for. There are a lot of people – far over 30 percent – who don’t see a realistic solution to replacing their own car, and many believe it’s just a passing fad. Only 8 percent had stated they trust unconditionally in carsharing. The number of users in Budapest is estimated at 30-60,000, which is still lower than in Vienna of almost the same size, where this number is around 100,000.
“There is still plenty of potential for development in the capitale. So far, market competition has been in price, territorial coverage and number of cars. Currently, all three providers focus on help those who do urgent work in an epidemic to drive safely. At GreenGon, this is supported by a stricter disinfection protocol – which affects the entire fleet on a daily basis – and our development to be able to track in the app from April exactly when we disinfected a particular vehicle. ”
– sums up Bálint Michaletzky, CEO of GreenGo.
Are the smokers taken out?
With car sharing, not only the commuter wins, but also the environment, as a single shared car can trigger 5-6 of its own vehicles. However, the real environmental protection will be when all service providers use electric cars in their fleet. For the time being, only GreenGo has a purely electric car fleet here in Hungary. Electric cars in urban transport are in many ways better than cars powered by internal combustion engines, although private users may still be afraid of them. And in fact, it’s even easier to drive them, you don’t have to wait until the engine warms up, they have heating right away in the winter and you could even list the benefits. The market for electric cars is growing, although China, for example, has curtailed the amount of support given to them, but everywhere in Europe they are trying to persuade motorists to switch to electricity. This is worth considering just because in many countries the date when internal combustion engines are removed is already in sight. Norway will be the first to phase out petrol and diesel cars from 2025. Five years later, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Ireland will join. Britain and France are moving a little harder, promising smoke-free by 2040. THE Boston Consulting Group according to its latest forecast, e-car sales numbers will rise faster than expected: these cars will own 1/3 of the market by 2025 and 51 percent by 2030.
How long will there be “gasoline” cars?
Arguments against electric cars have two main weapons: short range and few charging points. The first is slowly not worth dealing with, a new electric car – be it a Hyundai e-Kona or a Renault Zoé – can already cover more than 300 kilometers without any problems, which slowly corresponds to the range of cars powered by an internal combustion engine. Indeed, more of the charging points would be needed, with an estimated 44 million electric cars in the EU by 2030 that could be served by 3 million charging stations. At present, there are only 200,000 places in Europe where electric cars can be charged publicly. So installing chargers is not really an option, but an inevitable consequence.
“We want to promote the integration of community driving into the everyday lives of Budapest road users. One of the important conditions for this is that there is a sufficient charger in addition to the fleet. Therefore, we support the installation of chargers: In 2019, we handed over 12 new charging points, six in the 7th district together with Parkl and also installed the same number at the airport. The other condition is that charging becomes a habit for users. This is where the building power of the community comes in, where drivers help each other and do well in the meantime. Because who uploads GreenGot with less than 30% charge, they get the bonus minute ”.
– added Bálint Michaletzky, managing director. According to this year’s AAA survey, which surveyed American motorists, 71 percent bought an electric car for the first time and 96 percent said they would buy an electric car next time.
The license plates are green
At home a little bit, maybe we’re still afraid of electric cars, or just the really incomplete infrastructure we need to run them. In 2019, 6,500 cars received green license plates, 43.7 percent of which were purely electric. While the number isn’t very large, it’s still more than a 40 percent improvement over the previous year, but we still seem to prefer rechargeable hybrids – it’s hard to get rid of the benefits of a gasoline engine, which of course comes with all the hustle and bustle of it. However, the future will undoubtedly belong to electric cars.
In connection with the car
Experts describe the transport of the man of the future in one acronym: ACES. The English abbreviation consists of the initials of automated-connected-electrically-shared words (automated, connected, electric, shared). It is believed that within a few decades, it will be essential for cars to be able to drive themselves, in constant interactive contact with the driver, informing him of everything – not just while driving, but even when one is not sitting in the car. Electric propulsion is not in question either, and it seems that car sharing is also an inevitable path for the future.