Italy, boom of shared mobility and electric cars

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1 in 5 Italians uses car sharing services, 1 on 3 would use a zero emission vehicle. A survey by Lorien Consulting.

Mobility in Italy is increasingly sustainable and shared. One in five Italians uses sharing mobility solutions, while one in three considers using an electric car. The findings come from the first report on sustainable mobility, a survey realized by Lorien Consulting and La Nuova Ecologia with the aim of studying behaviours and expectations of Italians in the field of mobility.

The report was presented on the second day of the ninth edition of Forum QualEnergia. The event, entitled “2030: what’s the climate like?”, was organized by Legambiente, La Nuova Ecologia, and Kyoto Club to bring together enterprises, institutions, associations, and research institutes to discuss future energy scenarios and necessary changes for Italy and Europe after the Marrakech climate conference.

Mobility plays a key role in this scene. The survey reveals that Italians use 3.2 types of transport each, and that 92% prefer using their own car. Those who use their car, though, often use also urban or extra-urban public transport (69%). 20% choose shared mobility options, such as car pooling, car sharing, and car renting, while 37% of the sample use a bicycle.

In addition to the positive trend of shared mobility, a high propensity to electric vehicles was registered: 33% of the sample consider electric cars to be the most sustainable type of transport. 72% of Italians seem favourable to adopting the Dutch proposal to ban the sale of gas or diesel powered cars by 2025. 23% even declare they are “very” favourable.

Are citizens willing to spend a bit more to purchase a sustainable car with the same performances? 78% said they would, and declared they would be ready to spend on average 11% more than the price of more polluting cars. 32% of the sample are willing to spend even more than that.

A lower recharging cost and tax benefits are seen as effective incentives to purchase a sustainable vehicle such as an electric car, according to 73% of the sample. 65% also mentioned they would be encouraged by easier access to recharging, in terms of availability of recharging stations in and out of towns and possibility to recharge the car at home.

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