Carvelo2go is the world's first eCargo-Bike Sharing Platform built by the Mobility-academy AG of TCS. Just rent a bike at an hourly rate from your nearest Host, ride off,
and bring it back. It's cheap, efficient and healthy and fits perfectly into any city.
Rent your cargobike here: www.carvelo2go.ch
Interview with Sybille Suter from Carvelo2go
eCargo-Bikes are the ideal sharing-tool as they are interesting not only for private people, but also for companies and they can directly replace car rides. Whole Families
can change their mobility behaviour by giving up their car, at least for some phases in their life. But the cargobike was simply not known as a vehicle. People needed to understand
that it exists and it took some time for them to see it as a viable option, now we see them in most cities.
Xander Reimann: What is sustainability for you?
Sybille Suter: We cannot continue to exploit our planet and the people. Not only are the resources limited, the occurring damage and cost is getting too big. For me, sustainability means to "sustain" our Resources.
X: Does sustainability have to be expensive?
S: No! Regarding circular economy, new business models can be sustainable in an ecological, economical, and social sense, carvelo2go is proof for that.
X: What could be done from the city authorities to make mobility and transportation in Zürich more sustainable?
S: For example through the support of sharing-economy projects and focusing on "product-as a service". Business models that not only sell a product but maximise the use through sharing or giving back after use (PaaS).
X: How can bottom-up projects be supported?
S: Communication, subsidisation, assisting during a project
X: How can the project "Carvelo" foster sustainable transportation behaviour?
S: The mobility sector is very efficiency-driven and resource consuming. Carvelo2go has the intrinsic motivation to change that. eCargo-Bikes are the ideal sharing-tool as they are interesting not only for private people, but also for companies and they can directly replace car rides. Whole Families can change their mobility behaviour by giving up their car, at least for some phases in their life. Oftentimes, the car gets used for that one weekly shopping trip or bringing children to a training. Exactly for such situations, eCargo-bikes can be a great alternative.
X: What are your experiences and feedback with customers?
S: We got a lot of very positive Feedback; many people value the flexible and affordable Option. Riding a cargo bike also makes a lot of fun. The journey is not only more environmentally friendly, you can also avoid traffic jams and parking problems. The journey is also faster in a city and is healthy for yourself.
X: What were the biggest challenges during implementation?
S: The cargobike was simply not known as a vehicle. People needed to understand that it exists and it took some time for them to see it as a viable option.
X: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Platform?
S: The strength is the host-concept that manages local distribution. The host-concept lowers the operation costs and allows it to be economically viable. The more sensible and expensive vehicles are supervised by the local hosts which guarantees the quality. The system can be deployed everywhere because the infrastructural costs are very low. The cooperation between different partners is oftentimes very complicated, for example due to different opening times.
X: Are such projects possible without any state funding or funding from Institutions like Migros?
S: Yes, but the market penetration and scaling is a lot easier with partners. We had Support from the Migros-Fonds with ownership and operative support. In sharing-economy, the initial investment is huge and venture capital is needed. The challenge therefore is, how to use these investments or subsidies to create a solid and sustainable business model.
X: Are there any comparable future projects from the academy of mobility worth mentioning?
S: Yes, please visit our website for more projects: www.mobilityacademy.ch Two projects worth mentioning would be "Bleib hier" and "Smargo":
"Bleib hier" / "Stay here"
The Goal is to test business models that promote sufficient leisure mobility. "Sufficiency" contains many dimensions: It's about unbundling, deceleration, and dematerialization. In the context of mobility this means the use of smaller, lighter vehicles, the support of active modes of mobility and the strengthening of regional transportation patterns. We try to find out how we can economize and live fulfilled with reduced transit.
This Covid19 pandemic led to a massive growth for delivery services and eCommerce. Add to this the demand for emission-free and city-friendly logistic concepts, here comes our project "Smargo" into play. In a 12 months test, from June 2021 on, small commercial electric vehicles will come to Basel, Bern and Lausanne in a shared-use model. For example the small transporter «Goupil G4», the tricyclical Kyburz DXS 5.0 or an electric Rikscha. They are suited for small distance transportation and will also be bookable over the carverlo2go platform.
Cargo-bike from Carvelo (Image: Mobilitaetsakademie AG des TCS)