Mobility becomes sustainable if it is circular

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Circular Mobility is a registered trademark in Italy and in Europe and distinguishes a series of initiatives, inspired by the principles of the circular economy and the efficiency of resources, which involve various realities in working groups with the aim of providing data and promoting ideas and projects for the mobility of tomorrow.

“The project Circular Mobility, which we introduced in 2019 – says Paolo Ghinolfi, CEO of SIFÀ (Italian Company Fleet Company) and main promoter of the initiative – currently represents one of the most important innovations in the field of sustainable mobility on the Italian market. And he tells his mission starting directly from the name: to create a sustainable circular economy in the automotive sector, for a more efficient and sustainable use of resources “. Ghinolfi adds that in these two years important partners have joined the initiative and there are many positive feedbacks from trade associations, customers and suppliers who ask to participate in the projects of Circular Mobility to interact with the institutions and define the guidelines to be made available to the world of mobility, but not only.

The second edition of the National Convention was held in Bergamo in recent days Circular Mobility, dedicated to the cycle of sustainable mobility between the public and private sectors, and promoted not only by SIFÀ but also by BPER Banca. On the occasion, three surveys conducted in Italy by Nomisma concerning the population, businesses and local authorities were presented.

From an interview with 1,200 consumers it emerged that 1 in 3 Italians has thought of a new car since 2019. Of these, 27% have actually made the purchase. The traditional formula for getting hold of a car remains the preferred one, since only 15% of customers opted for long-term rental (495,000 between 2019 and 2020 and 183,000 between January and August 2021) . Petrol (39%) and diesel (37%) engines are still prevalent, but in the first 5 months of this year, registrations of hybrid cars were more than double compared to the entire year of 2019. Among the reasons for the purchase of ecological vehicles there are free access to city centers and restricted traffic areas (86%), exemption from the payment of road tax (80%), driving comfort (71%), free parking and consumption (69%). And as regards the prospects, in the next 12 months 4 out of 10 Italians who currently use or own electric cars will continue to do so in all probability, while the loyalty of fans of hybrid cars is 6 out of 10.

The analysis of companies in the mechanical sector has shown that 7 out of 10 companies have a fleet of cars and 89% of the fleet is made up of 1 to 5 vehicles. 14% of companies use at least one hybrid or electric car, but 4% of mechanical companies also use other types of hybrid or electric vehicles. And in the next 12 months, many companies will most likely resort to hybrid or electric vehicles: 14% through canonical purchase or leasing, 7% by turning to long-term rental and 9% by occasional rental.

As for local authorities, 54% of the municipalities that participated in the survey have electric or hybrid vehicles in their fleets. Over the next three years, 6 out of 10 organizations will partially or totally renew their car fleet; 5 out of 10 are evaluating low environmental impact solutions and 2 out of 10 are pushed towards this choice by incentives and deductions, whose weight in the decision-making process has doubled between 2020 and 2021.

The conclusion of Luca Dondi, CEO of Nomisma, is that attention to sustainability and the adoption of virtuous behaviors to protect the environment have now become central themes that affect the whole of society and find citizens but also citizens among the main actors. local authorities and businesses. But there is also renewed consumer confidence in the automotive sector and the first part of 2021 showed a recovery situation, net of the most recent semiconductor supply problems that are slowing the market. This does not mean that the transformation cannot be accelerated only by an adequate system of incentives, because “green” issues alone are not enough.

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