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Car sharing is making its way among the urban mobility alternatives with lower environmental impact.

With the energy transition that society is gradually changing, environmental issues linked to what is considered one of the main current and future challenges are becoming increasingly urgent: environmental sustainability.

Different areas of society have taken awareness of the problem and they are taking action for this cause: from citizens who are changing some behaviors and making choices increasingly oriented towards sustainability, up to small and large companies, whose core business is based, or today begins to be oriented, precisely on the concepts of sustainability , circular economy, recycling and energy efficiency. Today, therefore, there is a tendency to apply new technologies to products and services that are increasingly performing and, at the same time, respectful of the environment. It is also true, however, that on a global level we are still far from full environmental awareness that leads to a real and constant commitment from everyone.

In any case, one of the sectors that has implemented the greatest changes is the mobility on the road, which with the advent of electric motors has seen, in recent years, a proliferation of electrified, hybrid or full electric means of transport, and the increasingly widespread diffusion across the territory of infrastructures intended for charging such vehicles.

A statement that is true, even more so, if we look at the larger urban centers, where the debate on a better quality of life linked to different aspects of mobility is of interest to a wider audience.

The path to sustainability also passes through urban mobility

The problems concerning the mobility of large cities are essentially of two types: the atmospheric impact of fossil fuels from vehicles and road surface congestion.

The quantity of private cars in circulation in the cities in fact, every day not only causes an increase in polluting emissions into the atmosphere, but it generates traffic, reducing the usability of the roads and consequently increasing the time spent in the car and the demand for parking.

From this awareness reached, different starting points were therefore made concrete answers that large and medium-sized cities are implementing to overcome these issues. And if, on the one hand, encouraging greater use of public transport and creating more cycle paths in the urban area can be considered good beginnings, an important turning point was precisely the advent of sharing mobility.

Shared mobility paves the way for an epochal change for motorists

The advent of car sharing, in Italy and in the world, has had the merit of having completely changed the traditional approach reserved for cars, with the shift from a perspective of purchasing a private vehicle to that of rental, therefore moving from the concept of ownership of an asset to that of using a service.

Of course, we are talking about a scenario that has had the opportunity to evolve over time, initially encountering a natural distrust of man.

Today, on the other hand, the sharing phenomenon, with car sharing reigning supreme, is a must in large cities and is also spreading to medium and even smaller centres, with different variations on the theme.

Why choose shared mobility? Advantages of car sharing in Milan

Milano it is perhaps the Italian symbol for excellence of diffusion of sharing mobility services: shared cars, scooters, bicycles and scooters compete for the Milanese square, which consequently lends itself to becoming a perfect example to show the benefits of shared mobility.

Evaluating the pros and cons, we realize that the former are decidedly successful in a metropolis like Milan. THE benefits for the user they are, in fact, undeniable in the transition to shared mobility: car sharing, for example, allows the user to eliminate all expenses traditional ones linked to the fixed costs of owning a car. Purchase, maintenance, taxes and insurance are all fixed expenses already included in a typical shared rental service. On the other hand, the real expense of sharing services is the cost per time, which however allows you to pay only for the time of actual use. A nice saving in any case, if you consider that our private cars remain unused, on average, for 23 hours a day.

But this is only one of the reasons that is convincing many Milanese families to give up a second car of their own, because the fewer cars in circulation, derived from car sharing, allows in addition to better ease of travel and greater road safety, also by no longer having to worry about the scarcity of parking spaces, also because shared cars take advantage of agreements with the Municipality to park in parking lots that are usually paid or reserved for residents.

All advantages that certainly work in favor of the user, but from which, ultimately, the environment also benefits. If on the one hand, in fact, fewer cars on the road mean less CO2 emissions in the air, on the other hand the new shared cars are gradually replacing the older and more polluting private car fleet in circulation.

Electric car sharing E-VAI: the benefits for the environment increase

Precisely in relation to the environmental issue, car sharing is making further progress. The advent of hybrid and electric engines in fact, it has also allowed these technologies to be applied to shared vehicles, once again limiting polluting CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

In this regard, the car sharing service that has best integrated these two virtuous components, sharing and electrification of vehicles, is E-VAI, car sharing service that uses 100% electric vehicles and which is widespread throughout Lombardy.

This last feature, then, allows E-VAI to also add a third virtuous element to the previous two: the intermodal transport. The collaboration between E-VAI and Trenord, in fact, allows you to integrate the two modes of travel, electric car and train, allowing you to circulate throughout the region with essentially zero emissions.

How to achieve the goal of sustainable mobility

The three elements, put into play by E-VAI, are actually the key to winning, in the long term, the challenge of sustainable mobility. What is needed, ultimately, is a synergistic work on multiple fronts: on the one hand the development of sharing mobility services increasingly oriented towards the real needs of users, on the other the push for increasingly high-performance and eco-friendly technologies from a sustainable perspective and, lastly, the need to activate a connected and integrated, covering as large a territory as possible.

Although, perhaps, the most important component to achieve this ambitious collective goal must be the necessary cultural change and today essential, which can however only be achieved with a deeper environmental awareness from everybody.

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