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Zity, a model of carsharing in Europe

Published by on 08.12.2019 - 3 min

In Madrid, 500 self-service Renault ZOEs are available for use, thanks to Zity. This service demonstrates how 100% electric carsharing contributes to easing the flow of traffic and making city travel easier. Its CEO, Javier Mateos, shares his vision of the project as part of our series The Drive To Better.

Improving the city’s air quality and helping residents get around more efficiently in a responsible and sustainable manner: that is the mission that Zity has set out for itself.
This free floating carsharing service, 100% electric, was launched in Madrid at the end of 2017.
For Javier Mateos, it’s as much about changing how people think by encouraging a transition away from privately owned vehicles and towards carsharing.

With Zity, a simple smartphone as well as a free, dedicated app is all you need to locate, book, unlock, and return a Renault ZOE, as well as pay for the whole operation. Super flexible, this service is available without a subscription, making it very easy to use.

More restrictions on city centre access

With four operators already in full swing, Madrid’s carsharing offers are among the most advanced in Europe. It was a development pushed along by city policies like the “Madrid Central” plan adopted at the end of 2018, which encourages the use of public transport or lower-impact options, such as bicycles. By offering a 100% electric carsharing service, Zity gives its users the ability to drive around the residential zones at the heart of Madrid and to park for free in dedicated spaces.

This dynamic has been seen in other cities, like London and Milan, that have introduced urban toll systems to encourage the use of carpooling and public transport.

Electric carsharing, a trend across all of Europe

City centre of Madrid

Electric carsharing is a means of improving traffic flows in city centres, all while meeting the need to improve the quality of life in urban areas.

As the European leader in electric vehicles, Renault has a key role to play in the development of electric car sharing services at the continental scale, taking part in projects alongside local economic players, as is the case with Zity, which it leads in partnership with Ferrovial Servicios, a Spanish operator of public transport.

Self-service Renault electric vehicles can now be found in several European countries: in Stockholm, with Aimo, in Bologna with Corrente, in Copenhague with GreenMobility and of course in Paris where Zity arrives. In the first half of 2019, Renault electric vehicles available for carsharing numbered 7,000 across all of Europe. And that’s just the start!

In Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Porto Santo, part of the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, Renault electric vehicles used for carsharing are also contributing to the construction of an intelligent electric ecosystem using technologies related to smart and two- way charging.


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