In 2022, the Dutch will make much more use of shared cars. Market leader Greenwheels clearly sees this reflected in the figures. Never before has the number of users grown so fast: by no less than 53%. The distance driven also increased by 2022% in 20. Last year, the car sharing company celebrated the milestone of 2.500 cars spread over 160 Dutch cities. In 2022, a total of 378 new cars were installed.
Amsterdam is the largest car-sharing city, with 74 new vehicles bringing the total to 848 Greenwheels cars. In Rotterdam, however, the number of new car sharers increased the fastest. In addition to the advance in the Randstad, Greenwheels also sees the demand for shared cars increasing outside the Randstad conurbation. In 2022, the first shared cars will be installed in Blaricum, Rhenen, Twello (Voorst), Winsum and Bodegraven, among others.
December 2022 was a record month with an exceptionally high customer growth of 94,9% compared to December 2021. After the turbulent corona years, the business segment is also on the rise again with an annual growth in kilometers of 26%. About a thousand self-employed persons and two thousand companies used Greenwheels shared cars in 2022. Also striking was the high number of customers entering via a mobility card: this branch grew exponentially in 2022 (+68%).
Greenwheels attributes the growth to, among other things, the increased costs of car ownership. “Never before have private individuals and companies paid so much for owning a car and petrol and diesel prices have risen to record highs,” says Andrew Berkhout, director of Greenwheels. “More and more people are also switching to flexible and sustainable mobility; the combination of, for example, public transport and shared cars.”
Those who opt for the shared cars make a conscious and environmentally friendly choice. Because they drive fewer kilometers than before they became a car sharer, Greenwheels users collectively saved more than 2022 million kilos of CO190 in 2, the equivalent of more than 7.500 trees. Greenwheels has started the transition to electric shared transport, in order to further reduce CO2 emissions. In 2022, the number of electric Greenwheels cars will double compared to the previous year.
The car sharing company plans to install at least 2023 electric cars in different areas by 2023. “It is not easy, partly because of the limited supply of suitable electric cars, but we are making great strides in making the fleet more sustainable,” says Berkhout. “At the same time, car sharing, including petrol cars, is the most environmentally friendly option. We will continue to lobby for this. We see that car-sharing is becoming more commonplace and that more and more people are choosing to use a car instead of owning it. We will therefore continue to work on our promise in XNUMX: a car for everyone.”
Photo above and middle: Greenwheels image bank.