1 December 2021 – As of today, GO Sharing will add electric shared cars to its range of services in the Netherlands. With this multimodal approach, the company seeks to better connect its various service areas for shared e-mopeds and e-bikes. Thirty shared electric cars will be divided over assigned charging stations in the cities of Delft, Den Bosch, The Hague, Eindhoven and Rotterdam. The company has partnered with Q-Park for a number of parking spots. GO Sharing has also launched an e-bike share programme in Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and Den Bosch.
Existing GO Sharing users can opt in to use the electric MINI Coopers in the shared car plan. After approval, users of 23 and older who are in possession of a valid driving license can book and use the electric cars. Rides are charged at €0.30 per minute, with an initial fee of €4.99 per booking.
To stimulate the use of shared mobility between regions, the electric shared cars will be stationed at strategic locations around the cities. GO Sharing has partnered up with Q-Park for a number of these ‘Mobility Hubs’, namely those in Delft (YES!Delft), Den Bosch (Q-Park Arena and Mövenpick), The Hague (Q-Park Laakhaven), Eindhoven (Q-Park Bijenkorf and Novotel) and Rotterdam (Q-Park Schiecentrale, Best Western Rotterdam Airport and Excelsior stadium). The electric cars have assigned charging stations at these locations and they can easily enter and leave Q-Park parking structures through automatic number plate recognition. GO Sharing aims to open several more Mobility Hubs in a number of different cities in the future.
‘Smart mobility means making good use of the array of options open to travellers. Our locations are becoming a key part of that decision-making process. The partnership with Q-Park offers a solution to local residents who don’t own cars. Additionally, we facilitate last-mile transport for those people who park at the urban periphery and want to travel to and from the city centre by e-moped or e-bike’, says Director of Business Development at Q-Park Nederland, Fred Wilkes.
Multimodal: door-to-door mobility
GO Sharing was founded in 2019 and today its operations involve over 10,000 electric vehicles in five countries. CEO Raymon Pouwels believes the addition of electric cars to the company’s services solves a critical societal problem: ‘We aspire to change the global attitude towards mobility from personal vehicle ownership to on-demand use. This is the only way to take full advantage of the benefits that sustainable transport brings us, namely a reduction in CO2 emissions as well as in congestion and parking spaces.’
Pouwels continues: ‘We see increased use of e-mopeds and e-bikes over private vehicles for intraregional trips, but the majority of travellers still rely on their own vehicle, public transport or rental cars for interregional journeys. GO Sharing proposes a multimodal transport model that covers all journeys. We would like to offer people the chance to grab an electric moped –or e-bike for more active individuals– nearby and drive to a Mobility Hub. There, they switch to a car for their interregional transport and use another e-moped or e-bike to get to their end destination – covering all these movements within a single app’.
Electric MINI Cooper
GO Sharing has partnered with BMW|MINI Dubbelsteyn to supply the electric MINI Coopers for its new proposition. The MINI Cooper SE has an average range of 234 kilometres (under WLTP standards) and can be 80% charged in less than 35 minutes on a quick charger.