Car sharing in Russia is still far from maturity

© RIA Novosti / Eugene to Novostinearly in fotoreceptori service of the Moscow car-sharing BelkacarCar sharing in Russia is still far from maturity© RIA Novosti / Eugene to Novostinearly the image Bank

The global market for car sharing, that is, short-term rental in the coming years, according to forecasts, will grow more than 30% per year, and in Russia, its development promises to be even more rapid, as this service came fairly recently and has not yet become widespread.

On Wednesday in Moscow began to operate the car-share service «Yandex.Drive». Fleet services consists of 750 new cars Kia Rio, Kia Rio X-Line and Renault Kaptur, which are operating leases. At the time of starting the charging will be per-minute, rental price starts from 5 rubles per minute. The price at the moment you can know when booking.

«According to market analysts «Avtonet», number receiving services per-minute rental cars in the world by 2024 will reach 30 million. The size of the global market-share by 2024 will exceed 16.5 billion dollars, showing in the next few years the average growth of 34.8% per year», — told RIA Novosti the head of the research project STI «Avtonet» Tatyana Ledovskaya.

According to them, the proliferation of car-sharing and ridesharing (joint trip with the cost-sharing among fellow travellers) would allow the world to save $ 5.6 billion annually, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15% and increase the speed of city traffic at 60%. In addition, car sharing helps to reduce the city’s required Parking spaces, which is especially important in dense developments, especially in the center of major cities and historic districts.

And that in Russia?

The service appeared in Russia in 2015. While it is available only in several major cities. While Moscow on the dynamics of growth of car-share fleet ranks first in the world.

According to the head of Department of transport of Moscow Maxim Liksutov, now in Moscow there are 12 companies that are available to users of 4.35 thousands of machines. Residents and guests of the capital in 2017 made with their help more than 5 million trips

«However, for a city with a population of over 12 million people this is not enough to service became widespread. Comparing with other cities, in Berlin on 1 thousand inhabitants 0,66 machine in the system of car sharing in Milan — 1.16 car in Moscow – about 0.2. Thus, in Moscow alone, the car Park is a car-share may grow 4-5 times, not to mention other cities where service is not developed in principle», — said Ledovskaya.

According to her, operators have already invested in the development of car sharing in Moscow about 1,7 billion rubles.

The Moscow authorities have made a number of concessions for the development of this segment of the market: abolished the tax on personal property to businesses in 2018, intend to create additional Parking spaces in the centre and even are ready to use the services of car sharing instead of company cars. According to the Liksutov, if officials will Board the taxi and car rental with per-minute, budget of the capital will be able to seriously save money.

Besides the capital, a car sharing service available in St. Petersburg and Krasnodar region (Sochi, Adler, Krasnaya Polyana, Krasnodar).

A «green» car-sharing

In the Russian sector short-term rental of cars come and cars. Last week in the framework of the Russian investment forum in Sochi «Concern radio-electronic technologies» (KRET, part of state Corporation rostec), «Telemobil» and Renault agreed to fly to start the service of car-sharing of electric vehicles in the Krasnodar region.

KRET plans to expand the network of charging stations «fora-as» in the region and to ensure its operational management and the provision of services for charging electric vehicles, and «Telemobil» to provide the project with initial fleet of 50 electric cars Renault Twizy.

In the future, charging stations will also be constructed in Kazakhstan and Belarus. Infrastructure elektronaradim stations will be deployed in closed access for vehicles with an internal combustion engine «green areas» and natural parks, and on public roads in settlements of the Krasnodar region. In the near future, KRET plans to implement similar projects in Moscow, Moscow region and St.-Petersburg.

While electric cars will be imported, but the possibility in the future to collect or to produce them in Russia.

In the past year about investing in car-sharing of electric vehicles announced by the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) and the company Enel. I want to run the pilot in Moscow, the results of which will decide on further scaling of the project in other cities of Russia.