As of today, GO Sharing will add electric shared cars to its portfolio of services in the Netherlands, adding to their popular e-mopeds and e-bikes.
Founded in 2019 with the purpose of transforming approaches to transport, the young company has partnered with BMW|MINI Dubbelsteyn to supply the electric MINI Coopers for this new e-mobility service.
GO Sharing offers a multi-modal approach to the e-mobility sector with a range of e-mopeds, e-bikes and now shared electric cars. The startup is on a mission to change global attitudes towards transport, making it more accessible, sustainable, environmentally friendly and reducing the impact on urban scenery.
Earlier this year the sustainability-focused startup expanded outside of the Netherlands, deploying 200 e-mopeds in Vienna, Austria. Now, they provide their range of transport options throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Turkey.
In this new product expansion, 30 shared electric cars will be divided over assigned charging stations in the cities of Delft, Den Bosch, The Hague, Eindhoven and Rotterdam to stimulate the use of shared mobility between regions. Partnering up with Q-Park, the company has created a number of ‘mobility hubs’ across these cities – namely 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 cars will have assigned charging stations in these cities, allowing users to easily enter and leave Q-Park car parks through automatic number plate recognition.
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.
CEO Raymon Pouwels said: “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.”
GO Sharing aims to open more Mobility Hubs across different cities in the future, bringing their range of e-transport options that cover all scenarios to even more people.