City of Rotterdam wins award for carsharing initiatives


The City of Rotterdam has won the Autodeel Award 2021 for showing the best policy and the most acceleration in carsharing in the past year. The award was presented to Judith Bokhove, Alderman for Mobility on Monday afternoon, November 15.

In addition to Rotterdam, the municipalities of Breda and Utrecht were also nominated for the award 'large municipalities'. The port city has seen the largest growth in the number of shared cars this year. The jury praised the policy in which electric carsharing is encouraged. Over the next three years, 1,500 public charging points will be added for electric cars. By focusing on electric carsharing, the transition from ownership to conscious use, sustainable use of space and more choice for the traveller is being implemented. Alderman Bokhove noted:

Judith Bokhove , Alderman for Mobility City of Rotterdam

Assessment criteria

To determine which municipalities made the greatest impact on carsharing, the expert jury used the Rode Loper Carsharing as a guideline. The jury looked at quantitative and qualitative indicators such as the growth factor of the number of shared cars, the number of connected social facilities, the policy for electric carsharing, parking facilities, and so on. When assessing local carsharing projects, the social ties among car sharers, the unique contribution to the impact of carsharing and sustainable aspects such as the use of green electricity and the reduction of the number of private cars were considered.

Carsharing in the Netherlands

Carsharing is becoming increasingly popular, there are now 87,000 shared cars in the Netherlands. The use of shared cars has increased considerably in the past two years: with research among users showing that one shared car in the city replaces an average of eleven cars. Half of all new shared cars were electric last year. This means that 13% of shared cars are now electric, which is more than in the total fleet in the Netherlands (3%). Carsharing results in fewer car journeys, as car-sharing users are more likely to use the bicycle and public transport. , most shared cars are cleaner, because they are newer, smaller and more economical than average. Also, less space is needed for parking due to shared cars.

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