Car-sharing is a business model based on instantaneous temporary car rentals. It’s a service that allows you to rent a car or a motorbike, and with its payment according to the time the vehicle is utilised. This business model allows for a substantial reduction in pollution. However, to make car-sharing 100% sustainable, the word ‘electric’ becomes a crucial component (electric car-sharing).

Each carsharing vehicle takes 20 automobiles off the road

Today we see it as a novelty, however, to find its origin we must go back to the 1940s. It was in Switzerland where this concept began. Car-sharing was born by activists concerned about the environment who wanted to create an alternative to the mass purchase of cars that was taking place at the time.

 

Trends in car-sharing

According to data provided at the Smart City Expo World Congress, in less than a decade, the number of car-sharing users has grown from 700,000 to 15 million across Europe. The following image also shows how the trend is that car ownership will decrease, and car-sharing will grow.

With the passing of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law (Ley de Cambio Climático y Transición Energética in Spanish), targets the decarbonisation of car fleets and climate neutrality by 2050 are becoming more and more imminent. Some of the actions being carried out to achieve the objectives are, establishing low-emission zones in cities, restricting circulation, ending the sale of combustion cars, etc. As well as the new emissions measurement standard WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) which among other things will mean that fewer cars will be exempt from registration tax.

It’s worth noting that apart from the change in regulations, other factors such as changing trends in the automotive sector will also play a role. The new generation have become less interested in owning a car. Most of them, living in large urban areas, prefer to use public transport, ridesharing platforms, or personal mobility (such as bicycles and electric scooters) to avoid the inconvenience of car ownership. Note that there are also studies showing that there is interest in car ownership.

However, considering the new laws against climate change and the changing trends in the market, electric car-sharing is becoming more and more present in our day.

carsharing trends

 

Who benefits from car-sharing?

It’s necessary for companies, public administration or people who need a vehicle to move around for a specific time or hour. When this is the case, owning a car can be costly in all aspects and this alternative makes reduces the costs.

It’s clear that car-sharing services serve as an alternative to owning a car and as an alternative to using one’s own vehicle, saving mileage, fuel and emissions.

 

Where can we find car-sharing in Spain?

Spain began to implement this business model a long time ago, but even today, it’s still a great unknown for many of the country’s drivers. Madrid and Barcelona were two of the pioneers in using this model and it is gradually appearing in other areas such as Bilbao and Vizcaya.

In Spain, car-sharing users already exceed half a million.

Electric car-sharing is practically non-existent in Spain and is largely unknown in contrast to our northern European neighbours. However, Activacar is bringing this new concept to light, with the aim of promoting 100% sustainable mobility.

 

Who is Activacar?

Activacar is an electric car-sharing company in Malaga and its aim is to offer a comprehensive electric mobility service to companies. Public administration, hotels, private companies, and residential complexes are all susceptible to contracting these services.

It promises to be one of the most promising companies in Andalusia for its high technological level and solutions in the field of tourism and public administration.

They have a fleet of 100% electric vehicles with models such as the Skoda CITIGOe iV or the BMW i3, working together with the Grupo Safamotor. They have a strategy that will allow them to grow exponentially.

The two aspects that enable the company’s comprehensive service in the field of electric mobility are:

  • Electric car-sharing service where they have their own platform that allows the managers of the points – companies, hotels, public administration, or residential complexes – to offer the service of renting by the hour.
  • Charging point service. Taking advantage of car-sharing, they offer the entity the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. With a backend for point managers and an application, EVcharge, for end users. Developed by Etecnic Energy & Mobility.

If you want to find out more about Activacar and electric carsharing, read this.