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SHARE NOW introduces climate free fuel card, expands fleet

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From today, users of carsharing company SHARE NOW will able to use electric MINI models and climate-neutral OMV fuel cards to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

SHARE NOW, a company active in Budapest and 15 other European cities, says that it is constantly making an effort to minimize its effect on the environment.

From now on, the service uses OMV Climate Neutral fuel cards, automatically balancing the carbon dioxide emission of every liter of fuel purchased. The partner of OMV is ClimatePartner, founded in Munich in 2006, is working together with 1,500 corporations worldwide to compensate for carbon dioxide emissions. ClimatePartner creates global projects protecting forests, supporting wind energy and biomass utilization to reach climate strategy goals, while also creating jobs for locals, matching the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

"Climate protection is not just a regional issue, but a global question too," emphasized Bence Buday, the managing director of SHARE NOW Hungary. "Free-floating solutions are able reduce traffic in cities and improve air quality. With our latest move, we are doing even more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to counteract the effects of global warming."

Buday believes that carsharing plays a huge role in the development of electric mobility as well – 2,900 cars are electric in SHARE NOW's European fleet, counting 11,000 vehicles. Right now, three different electric models are available in Budapest: users could already drive the BMW i3 and the smart fortwo EQ, but from now 30 electric MINIs are also ready to be driven as part of the fleet.

However, the company's managing director pointed out that many factors must change for a complete breakthrough, referring to the underdevelopment of the background infrastructure, which is not in harmony with the rhythm of the city regarding the number of chargers and charging speeds.

In addition, the batteries' manufacturing and recycling technology is not at a level yet which would mean that electric cars are clearly more environmentally friendly over their lifecycle globally than combustion engine cars that follow the strictest emission standards, Buday noted, adding that he believes that the existence of carsharing is justified by the fact that while the pandemic has reorganized mobility norms all over the world, the demand for flexible, safe, and available urban mobility is continuously increasing in Europe.

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