Background of cars usage
In western Europe the number of cars has increased by 130% in the last 40 years. 100% increase took place in the 20 years between 1980 and 2000. Now the rate of increase is lower, sign that saturation is nearing, but trips are becoming longer and more frequent.
In developing economies, the rate of increase of the number of cars is often close to 10% per annum, which means a doubling every 7–8 years. It seems that we are witnessing a collective infatuation for cars that borders with addiction. Indeed, they are the most convenient (for the user) means of transportation ever devised, but the social cost associated is huge.
Every car need to be parked at either side of their trip. European cities are struggling to fulfill this need – and here is a field for companies to improve this situation.
So here we have initiatives like Vozilla in Wrocław which is offering short term (by minutes) rental of electric cars (over 200 cars in Wroclaw) which can be parked in special areas in city centre (green envelope mark). The charge is 1PLN per minute of the rental service.
The first thing the customer has to do is download a special app and register in the service. The app is necessary for you to find the closest vehicle and book it with your smartphone. Then you may access the car where the previous user or the operator have left it. The rental service is provided across the entire administrative area of Wrocław. Users are allowed to leave Wrocław. However, to return the car you are also obliged to return to the city. You can leave your car at any generally accessible car park.
Additionally, Vozilla’s cars are similar to cabs in that they are authorized to access bus lanes and zones with restricted access for combustion engine vehicles. Vozilla cars are authorised to use the following bus lanes: ul Reymonta/Pomorska, Podwale, Trzebnicka, Piłsudskiego, pl Teatralny, św Jadwigi, Traugutta, Jedności Narodowej, Szewska, Robotnicza.