Copenhagen includes EVs in car sharing project

Copenhagen car sharing project, which now includes electric cars, is to study if the combination of public transport and car sharing makes a real alternative to private car use.

Copenhagen now places a handful of electric cars at the city train stations Norreport and Christianshavn. The cars will add to the gasoline-powered car sharing fleet which has been available at stops along a busy bus route through the city, since last spring.

The electric cars are the latest initiative in a car-share project supported by the Capital Region in Denmark. The project is to examine whether the combination of public transport and car sharing services makes a real alternative to private car use. Danish and international studies show that one share-car replaces five to six privately-owned cars and that share-car users increase their use of buses, trains and bicycles by 15-20 per cent.

An example on how to combat traffic congestion
“It a is an important project that could set the example for how congestion in big cities can be reduced to the benefit of citizens, businesses and the environment,” said Chairman of the Environment and Transport Committee of the Capital Region, Jens Mandrup.

The car sharing project targets citizens who usually travel by public transport or bicycle, but sometimes are in need of a car. For example when going to the family summerhouse, taking the children to a soccer game or when grocery shopping.

Public-private partnership
The Danish non-profit organisation LetsGo has provided the cars. As part of the project, all citizens with travel cards or season tickets will be offered a free membership of LetsGo.

The partners behind the public transport and car sharing project are the Capital Region, the Danish Transport Authority, the transport company Movia, the car sharing foundation LetsGo, the Capital Region's electric vehicle secretariat Electric Copenhagen as well as the Copenhagen, Herlev, Dragør, Tårnby and Ballerup municipalities.