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Electric car to rent: "A Spotify for motorists"

In 2014, Solbilspoolen (the Solar Car Pool) was officially opened in Kristianstad. Anyone who becomes a member of the pool can rent electric cars. In Kristianstad, the solar car pool has been successful. It is the most utilised solar car pool in the country. Those who own the electric cars are satisfied.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 14 augusti 2019
The Solar Car Pool is in Tivoli Park, four electric cars for members to rent.
The Solar Car Pool is in Tivoli Park, four electric cars for members to rent.Foto: Lasse Ottosson

Four electric cars are parked under a roof with solar cells in Tivoli Park. They belong to the Solar Car Pool. Anyone who has registered as a member and has accepted the agreement can rent one of the cars. You can rent a car for one or more hours, or for whole days.

– We have several hundred people who are members. There are also many organisations that use the cars during the daytime, says Mikael Kilter, CEO of Moveabout.

You register as a member of Moveabout, pay and unlock the car with a code that you receive in a text message on your mobile phone.

They have 25 different electric car pools in the country. Five of them are solar car pools.

– Kristianstad is clearly in the top among these. It's a sunshine story.

Göran Thessén is CEO of C4 Energi, who built the Solar Car Pool. They have extended the contract with the Solar Car Pool for another three years. He also thinks that it’s going well.

– All of the cars are almost completely rented out on weekdays, he says.

– The customers are mostly young, 20-40 years old, says Mikael Kilter.

– They have not grown up with the tradition of owning their own car. It's the same as with Spotify for motorists, instead of owning CDs. People think it’s easier; you don't have to worry about servicing, washing and maintenance.

– Many who rent the cars are environmentally conscious. They want to be part of the sustainable society, and they often become ambassadors and spread the idea to others.

On average, the solar cells on the roof provide the electricity required for the cars. It’s not enough in the winter, but there is a surplus in the summer.
On average, the solar cells on the roof provide the electricity required for the cars. It’s not enough in the winter, but there is a surplus in the summer.Foto: Lasse Ottosson

Are the solar cells on the roof enough to charge the cars in the pool?

– Yes, on average. It can be difficult in winter if the sunlight does not generate energy. But it’s connected to the electricity grid. In the summer there will be surplus electricity sold, says Mikael Kilter.

C4 Energy is pleased with the development of the car pool:

– We built it as a contribution to Kristianstad's 400th anniversary in 2014, and we saw that there was an increase in the circular economy and the sharing economy, says Göran Thessén.

More information is available on moveabout.se

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