Even though car ownership per 1,000 inhabitants has been slightly decreasing for some years, the ownership rate in some Viennese districts is still almost twice as high as in others. In large districts with lower population densities, such as Liesing, where the distances to the next underground station or supermarket are longer, owning a car is more often considered as an alternative or supplement to other mobility services.
The DIDIS - Dirmhirngasse District Sharing project is testing whether the "electric car for sharing" could be a sustainable addition to the mobility offer for the neighbourhood.
Since August 2020, a Volkswagen e-Golf has been made available to the residents of two housing complexes of Wien Süd and Sozialbau AG. The pilot project is financed by the Climate and Energy Fund and organised and supported under the leadership of Urban Innovation Vienna (UIV) together with its project partners. The shared car, as well as booking platforms tailored to the project are provided by the car sharing provider sharetoo, which has several sharing cars in the south of Vienna and beyond that can also be used by DIDIS users.
e7 energy innovation & engineering is responsible for the evaluation of the driving and charging data as well as the survey of the users.
Wien Energie builds and operates the e-charging infrastructure in the underground parking of the Wien Süd residential complex and collects the measurement data.
Since February 2021, not only the residents of the more than 200 residential units of Wien Süd and Sozialbau have had the opportunity to use the electric car, but also the extended neighbourhood may feel addressed.
The findings from the monitoring of this pilot project, in particular the evaluation of user behaviour and the survey of users and non-users, should provide information on the necessary framework conditions and targeted funding conditions for similar projects in the future.
Photo: Gerald Franz