Share Now Users Drive 8 mln Kilometers in 2022
In 2022, car-sharing company Share Now's users drove some 8 million kilometers, about twice the amount registered the year before, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The most active user of Share Now drove a total of 35,000 kilometers in a car-sharing vehicle last year, but there was also a user who chose the service 1,290 times.
Last year, the number of users reached 80,000, a significant increase from 55,000 a year earlier.
"Business use of the service has increased even more than private use, while the average journey time has increased by 10 minutes to 97 minutes, showing that car sharing is a real alternative for all driving situations," said Márk Koralewsky, director of digital service development at Share Now.
In 2022, the company continued to expand and develop, with the number of cars in its fleet exceeding 500, and two new models were added to the field: gasoline and the e-powered variants of the Peugeot 208.
The latter almost beat Share Now's electric Mini in the virtual award for the most popular car. Meanwhile, the situation remained unchanged compared to 2021 for multi-day drives: the car most often booked with a package price was once again the Mercedes A-Class.
The service area, which now exceeds 100 sqkm, has been expanded greatly with areas further away from the center of Budapest, including zones created in Érd, Budakalász, Budaörs, and Dunakeszi.
With the expansion, testing has also begun on the feasibility of including the agglomeration area in Share Now's service.
The operator has also worked hard to make longer-distance use of its electric models more affordable: all electric models now come with a charging card that allows customers to charge on a nationwide network, so the cost of powering up is part of the package for a longer journey, as is already the case with gasoline models.
Share Now also aims to further integrate car-sharing more closely into the metropolitan transport system, including special features such as the pre-booking service, which allows users to pre-book cars, i.e. have a vehicle of a category pre-selected by the user for a longer trip delivered at a specified time and location.
According to Márk Koralewsky, a cost-effective mobility alternative tailored to users' needs will play an increasingly important role in making cities more liveable, as one car-sharing service can replace up to 10 private vehicles in urban traffic.
"For more sustainable urban transport, we still need more city dwellers to be aware of the benefits and cost-effectiveness of car-sharing mobility," he noted.
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