Electric vehicles (EV) had hardly been used in Koprivnica, the region or even the whole country. EVs are hardly promoted and very little data referring to their benefits and potentials is available. By introducing further EVs into the municipal fleet and connecting them to a functioning car-sharing system, the benefits can be measured and the system transferred to a number of larger regional companies. The scheme is managed by a simple computer programme and operated through the city’s website. EV charging stations are a novelty in Croatia. Due to this fact larger commercialization is still a long way ahead. This is the first step of creating this kind of infrastructure in Croatia. Connecting municipal companies into an electric car-sharing system represents a twofold innovative concept. The benefits of raising public awareness, encouraging the purchase of electric cars and introducing the concept of car-sharing into companies in the city and region also contribute to the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and the level of noise.
The main objectives of this measure were:
- To increase the share of electric vehicles in the municipal fleet to 30%
- To establish a demonstration example of efficient use of electric vehicles
- To implement a municipal electric car-sharing system, which will be a reference for smaller communities
- To build private charging points for electric vehicles, breaking the market barriers
- To reduce CO2 emissions of the municipal fleet by 27%. The total number of vehicles is 23. By keeping the same number of vehicles and replacing 7 of the obsolete conventional vehicles by electric vehicles, the reduction of CO2 emissions by 27% is realistic. This figure is based on a total of 8 electric vehicles; 1 vehicle had alredy been purchased prior to the start ofDYN@MO
- To direct citizen awareness of the importance to protect the environment via sustainable transport solutions, i.e. to further follow the commitments of the Covenant of Mayors signed by the City of Koprivnica
- To optimise the efficiency of the use of the municipal fleet by reducing the number of vehicles of the current fleet and establishing a system of their constant occupancy. The current usage rate must be taken into account and improved through the car-sharing scheme.
- To reduce the operating costs for the municipal fleet by 24%
- To rejuvenate an obsolete car inventory