Bilkollektivet currently has 603 cars in the capital Oslo and 15 cars in Stavanger, the fourth largest city in the country. - Photo courtesy of Bilkollektivet.

Bilkollektivet currently has 603 cars in the capital Oslo and 15 cars in Stavanger, the fourth largest city in the country.

Photo courtesy of Bilkollektivet.

A cooperation between Bilkollektivet, a Norwegian cooperative founded 25 years ago in Oslo and the oldest car sharing provider in the country, and the German mobility software specialist MOQO is makings carsharing even easier, more transparent, and more convenient for both the operators and the approximately 11,000 users. Every month 400 to 500 new people register up for the ever-growing pool of vehicles.

Bilkollektivet currently has 603 cars in the capital Oslo and 15 cars in Stavanger, the fourth largest city in the country. The cooperative works in such a way that members become shareholders when they join the cooperative. They pay a monthly fee to use the carsharing service and otherwise pay only the fees per booking. Fuel and tolls are included.

The cooperative is not only successful in terms of growing membership and usage (40% in 2020) but also economically: in 2019, it returned profits of NOK 618,000 ($72,028) on a turnover of NOK 57.1 million ($6.6 million). Sales increased by 15% and profit by 19 %. For 2020, expected sales are around NOK 70 million ($8.6 million).

"Our mission is to offer an alternative to owning a car and to enable mobility with a non-profit car-sharing service," Morten Munch-Olsen, CEO of Bilkollektivet, said in a statement. "Everything we generate as a non-profit organisation is dedicated to expanding the vehicle fleet and providing even more benefits for members. These are people who have a genuine interest in reducing unnecessary journeys by car and the number of cars in the city."

At the end of 2020, Bilkollektivet partnered with the Aachen-based mobility service provider Digital Mobility Solutions to use the innovative smart app MOQO. MOQO digitally maps all the processes necessary for shared mobility — both for the carsharing provider and for the customer: from information about the availability of vehicles, registrations, and driver's licence validations to booking requests and billing processes to services such as cleaning and recording damage or vehicle status.

The MOQO app has already been successfully established on the market. The shared mobility specialists at Digital Mobility Solutions have been developing and marketing the software since 2010 and already manage around 120 projects using MOQO. In 2020, user numbers for the MOQO app grew by 100% to more than 40,000 users across Europe. Revenue growth for the company is expected to be even higher this year, according to the company.

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