After that, you need to negotiate with each city government for the right to park the car. They are sometimes allowed to park for free, especially if the company can make a case that an electric car could replace a small number of internal combustion engine models, but they usually have to pay. money. For example, Car2Go left London in part due to complicated negotiations with each of the city’s 33 boroughs, while DriveNow managed to book cars in only nine boroughs during its six years of operations in the capital before exiting in 2016. 2020.

On top of that, the promised self-driving technology hasn’t progressed as quickly as originally hoped, stretching the goal of self-driving taxis too far into the future.

And finally, BMW and Mercedes are rethinking their small car strategy as part of a shift to a more profitable, luxury segment, which will leave them with fewer models to share.

Stellantis, on the other hand, has cars on demand, including the low-cost new Citroën Ami electric two-seater that is joining its fleet in cities like Paris. In terms of size, it’s similar to the Smart that anchored Mercedes/Daimler’s Car2Go fleets, but at about a third of the cost, it’s much easier to make a profit.

And Stellantis has made it clear that its Free2Move mobile division is profitable. “The good news is that the growth is there and the numbers are black, which is quite rare among our competitors in this type of service,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in February.

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