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  1. INVERS publishes white paper: Microcars in European Carsharing

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    The car share hardware and software company has released a white paper billed as an intro to the world of light electric vehicles and mini-mobility in carsharing.

    INVERS is a German company that develops and runs integrated hardware and software solutions for car sharing and car rental operators worldwide to launch and operate fleets at scale. The white paper focusing specifically on microcars features 5 countries and 17 operators, with commentary from 5 expert interviews. The company cite the lack of information specifically on microcars as their motivation for this publication. The focus of this white paper is to identify current examples of carsharing services with microcars and other light electric vehicles as of January 2024, and the content builds on existing insights by providing industry interviews and an analysis of the current market.

    Interested readers can visit the INVERS landing page to download the white paper.

  2. Drivemycar expanding its fleet with Microlino microcars

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    drivemycar, a carsharing platform from Switzerland, has announced that 10% of its product portfolio will include microcars, aiming to narrow the gap between fully-sized cars and micromobility vehicles by appealing to a broader mobility audience.

    drivemycar’s carsharing solution integrates Microlino’s microcars with Cloudboxx (a technology solution provided by the carsharer’s partner Invers). Microcars are often vehicles with 3 or 4 wheels, and smaller than traditional cars.

    “Microcars are ideal for urban transport where parking space is limited and the demand for compact, efficient transport solutions is high,” Metin Kabay, Co-Founder, COO and CTO of drivemycar told Zag Daily.

    “These vehicles offer an environmentally friendly alternative and are particularly appealing to younger city dwellers and people who only need a vehicle for short journeys.”

    Metin explains that the addition of microcars to drivemycar’s range enables it to fulfill a new purpose for urban mobility.

    “Microcars open up new possibilities for single journeys or journeys with a maximum of two people. They are less intended for traditional car sharing, but rather for users looking for a fast, easily accessible and inexpensive vehicle for short journeys,” Metin said.

    The co-founder of Microlino AG, Merlin Ouboter, also expands on the benefits of adding 30 microcars to drivemycar’s fleet by explaining how microcar usage can help protect the environment.

    “Currently, full-size cars weighing 1-3 tonnes occupy substantial public space, necessitating more and more urban areas for highways, lanes, and parking,” he said. “Despite this approximately 80 percent of trips by these vehicles only transport a single person.

    “Their environmental footprint, whether electric or not, is much higher than the footprint of an electric L7e microcar.”

    drivemycar’s Metin Kabay predicts that adding microcars to the carsharing platform’s portfolio will appeal especially to those who desire the sustainable advantages of a micromobility vehicle but also need the comfort and privacy of a car.

    “We are seeing a growing number of user requests for small cars to save space and energy, so we decided to add Microlino to our offering”, Metin said.

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