By Sandra Phillips, Founder and CEO at Movmi

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Everyone is publishing their trend analysis for new and shared mobility mobility at the moment. And since everyone else covers the big four: autonomous driving, electrification, mobility-as-a-service and micromobility, I will focus on patterns of changes and transformations that involve different sociocultural and economic aspects. Over the next two weeks, I’ll share 7 trends that I believe will shape shared mobility in 2022.

Trend 3 – Utility vehicles are the « Hot Cakes »

At Movmi we get to work on a daily basis with shared mobility providers from around the world and we see all sorts of data. And guess which category of vehicles has out-performed every other one in 2021? No, it’s not the electric or a premium model: it’s the ugly, unsexy utility vehicle! Anything that can transport more cargo -whether that is a van in a carsharing fleet or cargo bikes in micromobility- has seen above average utilization and revenue in 2021. Renters clearly are looking to solve different use cases and want these types of vehicles: they book them more often and keep them longer.

Focusing on utility vehicles in shared mobility isn’t quite that new: in fact, the first electric cargo bikesharing was carvelo2go in Switzerland. They launched their services in 2015 (!) but clearly are profiting of the recent demand increases spurred on by our insatiable appetite for home deliveries. Interestingly, carvelo2go has added a long-term rental packages for individuals in 2021 (side note: long-term rentals are another trend in shared mobility at the moment). For approximately 270USD, consumers can rent an electric cargo bike for the month. Additionally, they are now also renting small electric cargo vans by the hour in three Swiss cities. These are targeting small businesses with occasional delivery needs and that want access to the latest green fleet.

And then there is the revival of the microcar. Unlike the classic car, they have been developed to address specific challenges in dense urban centers: having a smaller footprint and being lighter than a traditional car, they offer a similar level of comfort, weather protection and more cargo space than a bike. And the big benefit for operators is the lower acquisition costs compared to a traditional electric car. Renault unveiled the EZ-1 – a redesign of the Twizzy – early in 2021 and is planning to introduce it through its new Mobilize mobility brand, an ecosystem of mobility services that includes carsharing, last-mile delivery and others. But the EZ-1 is not the only microcar making headlines, have a look at this line up:

No wonder then that investors are flocking towards heavier-duty form factors and different types of cargo vehicles. German e-bike sharing startup Avocargo, founded in 2021, raised more than a million Euros in its first round of financing. Avocargo offers an extremely flexible alternative to private cars and taps into an underserved market (i.e. cargo bikes still only make 2% of the German market). On our side of the planet, the Angels for Climate Solutions Startup Cohort, a challenge run by the Vancouver Economic Commission and Spring Activator, has just selected two utility focused micromobility among the top 10: Scootility, focused on utility scooters and Veemo, a manufacturer for covered electric tricycle. They both focus on robust electric micromobility vehicles with ample cargo space. And Nüwiel, the company behind the world’s first electric trailer for bicycles (eTrailer), was the runner up for Movmi’s Empowerwism 2022 award. Two additional companies that we’ll be tracking this year are Nimbus – a fully shareable microcar from the get-go – as well as Micro, the company behind the Microlino.

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