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Car-free city: Crazy utopia or near future?

On car-free day on September 22, we want to know what love of one’s own car has to do with sex and what mobility in our cities will look like according to futurologists and transport researchers.

Car-free day on September 22, 2021

The europe-wide car-free day is intended to motivate as many people as possible to consciously leave their cars parked. It is also a good opportunity to reflect on one’s own mobility behavior.

How many members of the ELOOP community are participating in car-free day 2021?

car-free day 2021

41 percent of the ELOOP community would like to leave the own car parked on September 22. 25 percent are still undecided. The remaining 34 percent, on the other hand, say they will not give up their own car.

Car-free city: more space, less noise

From city tolls to environmental zones and access restrictions: European cities are making great efforts to make urban life less car-dependent. By 2022, Parisians will move around the city center largely without private transport. In other words, without owning a car. Oslo, too, is already largely car-free. Sooner or later, mobility in all major cities will change in this direction.

More quality of life, please! We want more space to live, less noise and cleaner air. Deceleration is also at the top of our wish list. We finally want to pump clean air into our lungs again when we’re out of breath after a run across the viennese Ring or along Neubaugasse.

All just annoying eco-talk? You don’t think so!

feeling stressed by cars air pollution and noise

Two-thirds (66 percent) of the ELOOP community say they are at least sometimes stressed by cars in the city. The biggest drawback for you is space consumption, followed by noise pollution (29 percent) and air pollution (28 percent).

Long-term environmental goals are also urgent reasons for measures such as the particulate matter sticker or import bans. For example, greenhouse gases are to be curbed with lower-emission or zero-emission alternatives such as electrically powered vehicles.

200,000 cars a day speed over the Prater Bridge

To calm traffic, movement zones are being created in Vienna since 2013. In the summer of 2020, Rotenturmstrasse was also added. Since then, there has been more space for pedestrians here and a speed limit of 20 km/h applies for cars.

Despite this, more than 200,000 cars speed over the Prater Bridge every day – like there’s no tomorrow! Originally, the bridge was designed for 45,000 cars.

According to Statista, more than 700,000 private cars were registered in Vienna in 2020, most of which are at home in Donaustadt. They all need more and more space and shape the cityscape. Magnificent streets, important squares and monuments are devalued by asphalted, heavily trafficked roads.

Number of cars in Austria increases continuously

For most people, their own car is still the most important element of individual mobility. It is not uncommon for households to have several cars at their disposal.

Over the past 60 years, the number of private cars in Austria has risen almost continuously: With just over 404,000 privately registered passenger cars in 1960 compared to more than 5.09 million, it has increased more than twelvefold.

More and more cars also means more and more space consumption, noise and exhaust fumes.

Own car degenerates from a driving to a standing stuff

55 percent of the ELOOP community owns a private car. But is the private car even being used properly?

how often do you use your private car

18 percent therefore start their engine just once a week. A quarter of the ELOOP community uses their car even less frequently. The car has long since ceased to be a vehicle. Instead, it primarily ekes out a miserable existence as a parking stuff.

On average, the private car is parked for 23 hours a day. The costs for insurance, tax and the like continue to run the whole time. That’s really crazy, isn’t it?

Parking, but where?

Germans waste an average of 41 hours a year looking for a parking space. For full-time employees, that’s the equivalent of a full week’s vacation.

Whether in public or private parking areas: Valuable space is wasted for parking places. Space that is scarce and expensive, especially in urban areas like Vienna. It is not uncommon for a garage parking space to cost over 100 euros a month. That’s a lot of money that could be spent elsewhere on individual mobility.

Perceived truth: What does your own car really cost?

According to a study published in the journal Nature in April 2020, drivers massively underestimate how much money driving really costs them. By more than 50 percent.

underestimated costs for private cars

The 6,000 people surveyed felt that they spent only 204 euros a month on their own cars. In fact, however, maintaining their own car costs an average of 425 euros.

Hidden external costs for cars extremely high

The above calculation does not even include external costs. These costs are not always immediately visible. They result, for example, from accidents, climate damage or damage to health. For example through pollution and noise.

Compared with other modes of transport, the external costs of cars are by far the most significant:

external costs for transport in austria 2020

According to calculations by VCÖ – Mobilität mit Zukunft, the external costs caused by passenger cars in Austria will amount to 12.1 billion euros in 2020. In contrast, bus transport caused only 0.4 billion euros. The costs for electric rail are 0.8 billion euros.

We usually do not even notice other negative effects from individual traffic by car. For example, how much the high density of cars also shapes landscapes and cityscapes. Where roads and parking areas take up space, there is less room for green spaces.

According to VCÖ analyses, an area the size of Vienna has been sealed for traffic in Austria since 1990. Did you know that 90 percent of all traffic areas are the result of road traffic? Entire ecosystems regularly have to make way for this. The external costs of this can hardly be estimated.

Experts see the main part of the hidden costs from traffic in climate damage. That’s why the search for fair mobility solutions focuses primarily on climate-friendly services such as e-car sharing.

But why don’t we part with our expensive cars that are used far too rarely? Perhaps it’s because of the very close bond that some people build up with their own car.

Love for your own car works like sex and cocaine

People who cherish their own cars often develop a peculiar emotional relationship with their vehicles. According to a study by sociologist Christa Bös of Freie Universität Berlin, love of a car activates the same reward centers in the brain as sex or the use of cocaine, namely the nucleus accumbens in the forebrain. We can love anything.

This also explains why some car owners spare little expense, time and energy. After all, relationships want to be maintained. But regular inspections, tire changes and repairs are not enough. If the rim is scratched, a new one is needed.

Often it even goes so far that the trip to the car wash takes longer than one’s own personal hygiene. Some people also tend to humanize their car by giving it a nickname.

Own car is a symbol of freedom and status

For women, the car is often still a sign of individual autonomy and a symbol of their own freedom. This is also because for many years they were only secondary co-users of the only family car. For men, on the other hand, the external image of their own car tends to be more important; hey love their status symbol.

But are we really still as dependent on our own car as we think? After all, the range of sustainable mobility services is growing, especially in big cities like Vienna.

Young people, at any rate, don’t seem to fall in love with the idea of owning their own car in the first place. For them, new values count.

Disenchanted: Own car less important for Generation Z

For Generation Z (born in 2000 and later), owning a car is no longer as important as it was for their parents, especially in an urban environment. It is much less common for a car to be a status symbol for young people. Even as a commodity, it is often no longer the favorite alongside alternatives such as car-sharing services.

In a study conducted by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), just over one-third of respondents under the age of 25 living in cities said that having their own car was at least “important” to them. By comparison, among respondents of all ages, the figure was 73 percent.

New mobility needs: Flexibility and time savings

Owning a car is simply no longer in line with the mobility needs of young people. In everyday life, what counts for them most are flexibility, time savings, low costs and safe arrival.

It’s clear that as needs change, interest in new concepts such as car-sharing models is also growing. And the importance of owning a car is declining or even disappearing. This is also confirmed by our user survey:

can you imagine living without a private car

Two-thirds of the ELOOP community can basically imagine living in the city without their own car (76 percent), while 12 percent are still undecided. Only the remaining 12 percent rule out the possibility of giving up their own car for the time being.

Urban mobility is becoming less car-centric

The modern city remains in motion. But how we move in it will change radically.

The turnaround in mobility is inevitable, says mobility and futurologist Stephan Rammler (Director at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin). For him, the private car has long since passed its half-life. In an interview, he told Business Insider that “our cultural model with combustion engines, owning and driving ourselves is no longer debatable.”

So far, however, there are not enough alternatives to the private car everywhere. According to a WIFO study, owning a car is almost unavoidable in rural areas. The situation is different in metropolises such as Vienna, Berlin and Munich. There, apart from the numerous alternatives, the own car hardly offers an advantage anymore. On the contrary, when you think of the daily madness of searching for a parking space and the twice-yearly tire change.

What mobility will look like in the future depends in particular on the requirements profile and wishes of the younger urban population. That’s why we wanted to know how you are mobile in the city.

Mobility mix: How do you move around the city?

mobility in the city

You clearly rely on a mobility mix. The majority of everyday journeys made by the ELOOP community in the city are by public transport. For 23 percent, however, their own car is still the main mode of transport, even in the city.

Sharing economy: mobility becomes a service

The trend is generally away from private ownership. In line with the sharing economy, sharing is also becoming increasingly important in the area of mobility.

How people get around is thus becoming more social. Instead of owning a car, we would rather use services. To no longer maintain vehicles, but to drive them.

Experts like Rammler know that young people would rather use new mobility concepts like free-floating car sharing instead of investing in their own car and worrying about changing tires twice a year.

do you use carsharing

Experts like Rammler know that young people would rather use new mobility concepts like free-floating car sharing instead of investing in their own car and worrying about changing tires twice a year.

Car sharing reduces cars in cities

As a supplement to public transportation, sharing services are an important lever for reducing the density of cars in cities. So that we can finally breathe again.

Carsharing is one option that does not completely ban cars from cities. But it does help to ensure that cars no longer dominate urban space.

People who are registered with a car-sharing provider drive their own cars less often and use green alternatives more frequently. This is the conclusion of a research study by the Institute for Applied Ecology.

Electric car-sharing models like ELOOP have even more positive impact: Firstly, they are completely silent and thus reduce noise pollution even more than services with combustion engines. Second, they emit no CO2 while driving. And we all want clean air, don’t we?

Mobility revolution: We want you!

Climate change is one of the most pressing goals of our time. But what do you think? How quickly can a mix of more climate-friendly mobility solutions become established?

In our opinion, this depends not only on the requirement profiles of city dwellers and the mobility options on offer. After all, these are largely determined by political decisions and public discourse.

At the same time, of course, we also see ourselves and all companies as having a responsibility. Just like every individual. That means YOU, too.

It’s coming as it must, let’s not kid ourselves about that! Sharing models are already replacing many private vehicles. Sooner or later, they – together with public transportation and more – may never make our cities completely car-free, but they will reduce the number of cars more and more.

The modern city keeps moving. But smarter. You too?

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Find the nearest charging stations at high speed

Are there enough charging stations for ELOOP users?

Survey: Finding a charging station for e-cars

25% of the ELOOP community can’t always find a free charging station quickly. To make the search easier, we’ve compiled the best maps and apps for you here. Let’s go:

Find stations for your ELOOP via Google Maps

Whether you’re already on the road or still planning your trip. You can always find all options for your ELOOP trips via Google Maps, of course.

  1. Start the navigation for your route in Maps
  2. Then click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner
  3. In the search field “search along the route” you now enter for example “electric car charging station.
  4. Maps will now show you possible charging stations along your route.

See stations via app and map for Vienna and Austria

If you are cruising through Austria with your ELOOP, there are over 1,900 stations in and around Vienna and over 5,000 throughout Austria (as of September 2021).

The easiest way to find out where the next free station for your ELOOP Tesla is is to use the “Wien Energie Tanke” app (download directly for iOS/iPhone or for Android). In the app, you can also see at a glance which charging stations are currently free.

The map on the Wien Energie website also shows you all charging stations.

Do you know that we have doubled our home zone in Vienna in the summer of 2021? Maybe there will soon be an ELOOP right on your doorstep? Here you can see which areas of Vienna have been added.

Charging stations specifically for Germany

There are already 24,400 stations for electric cars in Germany (September 2021). And the number is growing every day. With 20,400 stations in the same quarter last year, this corresponds to an increase of almost 20 percent within one year.

This interactive map from the German Federal Network Agency shows where the nearest charging station is in your area.

Find a Tesla Supercharger for your ELOOP

At ELOOP, you’re also on the road with the pioneer when it comes to charging technology. With the Superchargers, i.e. the fast charging stations specially developed by Tesla, ultra-fast charging is possible. The Generation V2 Superchargers are the most common in Europe and have a capacity of 150kW. Since summer 2020, more and more Superchargers V3 with 250 kW have also been added.

Good to know: In the case of Superchargers, the charging cable is located on the charging station itself. Information and tips on fast charging at Tesla Superchargers can be found here.

In Austria, there are currently 26 Supercharger stations with a total of around 200 charging points. In Germany, Tesla drivers can access 90 Supercharger locations with over 1,000 charging stations so far (as of September 2021). You can find a map with all Tesla Superchargers here.

See Superchargers with the on-board computer in the ELOOP

With ELOOP, you can always keep an eye on all Supercharger stations for possible charging breaks while you’re on the road. Even if you’re almost in the Dolomites or one of the beautiful lakes in Austria. The on-board computer shows you where the next Supercharger is at all times.

That way, you don’t run the risk of missing a fast charging station. And in the worst case, you could end up waiting an unnecessarily long time at a charging station with low power. The on-board computer also shows you how much time you should allow for a charging stop.

Use Destination Charging locations as charging stations

Destination Charging locations at hotels, restaurants and shopping centers are also a good way to charge your ELOOP during longer breaks. Just like the Superchargers for ultra-fast charging, these are also a Tesla project. Here, however, as the name suggests, you need a bit more staying power.

It takes about three hours to recharge a Tesla from ELOOP at a destination charging station. So they’re especially good for charging your e-car during longer breaks. For example, if you pass a nice little town on your route that you want to explore. Or if you’re planning an extended shopping trip.

In most cases, the use of Destination Charging stations is free of charge. The map shows where you can find Destination Chargers.

Helpful tips and information about charging your ELOOP can be found in this article.

You can also find two video tutorials on charging ELOOP’s Tesla Model 3 in our FAQs.

Sources:

Online-Information from Statista.com: Anzahl der Ladestationen für Elektrofahrzeuge in Deutschland im Zeitraum 1. Quartal 2020 bis 3. Quartal 2021 (Stand: Juli 2021,  zuletzt abgerufen am 07.09.2021.)

Online-Informationn from wienenergie.at: E-Ladestation-Finder (zuletzt abgerufen am 07.09.2021.)

E-Auto-Mythen / E-car-myths Tesla im Faktencheck

True or false? 5 annoying myths about e-cars you should know about

E-car myths: There are still many half-truths circulating around electric cars. Most of them date back to a time when electric mobility was still in its infancy.

Time for a fact check! Which e-car myths are long outdated and which have a kernel of truth?

#1 E-car myths: Electric cars have a worse CO2 footprint

False. Viewed over their entire life cycle, electric cars have long been clearly ahead. Only the CO2 balance in production is worse than that of combustion engines. But as representative studies show, electric cars will have made up for this after 30,000 km at the latest.

Why is the CO2 debate so persistent among the myths about e-cars?

The criticism arose primarily from the heated debate about the manufacture of the batteries, which actually produces relatively large amounts of CO2 equivalent. Outdated model assumptions in scientific publications, including a much-criticized publication by the Ifo Institute from 2019, further fueled the discussions about the negative CO2 balance of rechargeable batteries

But today, everyone agrees, including former critics: viewed over the entire life cycle, e-cars unanimously get the green light in terms of CO2 emissions. They even perform better “with a significantly more positive greenhouse gas balance compared to conventional passenger cars,” according to an Ifo publication from 2020.
A study published in July 2021 by the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation) shows that a European compact-class electric car emits a full two-thirds less CO2 than an equivalent combustion engine. In fact, between 66 and 69 percent.

It’s also great that the CO2 balance will continue to fall as a result of more energy-efficient manufacturing processes that focus on renewable energy sources.

How does the Tesla Model 3 of the ELOOP fleet compare in the CO2 debate?

In 2020, Eindhoven University of Technology compared the CO2 emissions of a Tesla Model 3 with those of a Mercedes C 220 d. The result: at 91 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilometer, the Tesla produces 65 percent less CO2 over its entire life cycle.

Assuming the battery does not need to be replaced, the Tesla has already made up for its initial shortfall (due to the high CO2 impact of battery production) compared with the Mercedes C-Class after just 30,000 kilometers driven.

By the way: ELOOPS Tesla are powered by 100% green electricity – which additionally leads to a better CO2 balance!

#2 E-car myths: There are not enough charging stations

A classic among the e-car myths, in which there is (still) a kernel of truth. In and around Vienna alone, however, there are already over 1,900 charging stations – and the number is growing every day. In Austria, a total of more than 5,000 charging stations are available for electric cars, and the network is best developed in Lower Austria.

Overall, however, there is no doubt that there is still a lot to be done in terms of charging infrastructure in Europe. That’s why countless charging points for e-cars are being added every day. The rapid expansion is getting a boost from the increasing number of e-cars on the roads. Government subsidies for electric mobility also play a crucial role in the expansion of the charging infrastructure.

Supermarkets, parking garages, catering establishments and hotels that have not yet provided charging facilities for their customers will be stepping up in the near future. Companies are also becoming more aware of their responsibility and are gradually providing charging stations for their employees.

Even though there is still a lot of room for improvement, as long as charging stops are always planned for long trips and in rural areas, there is already nothing stopping relaxed driving with an electric car.

Tesla Supercharger charging stations in Austria and Germany

Tesla drivers can rejoice: the manufacturers are also pulling ahead in the expansion of charging stations, and Tesla is considered a pioneer here and is way ahead with its Superchargers. In Europe, V2 Superchargers with an output of 150kW are the most widespread. More and more Supercharger charging stations are being added – with increasingly higher charging capacities. Since July 2020, the charging infrastructure with V3 Superchargers with up to 250 kW has also been increased in Europe.

In Austria, there are currently 26 Supercharger charging stations with a total of around 200 charging points. In Germany, there are over 90 Supercharger locations, and in June 2021, the 1,000 charging point was installed (as of 07/2021). A map with all Tesla Superchargers can be found here.

#3 E-car myths: Charging takes far too long

Seriously, of course it takes longer to charge a battery than it does to simply flood fossil fuel into a tank. But the fact that the second isn’t a cool move that we’ll be happy to tell our grandchildren about hopefully doesn’t need any discussion. Or do we?

How long the charging time of an e-car is in practice depends on several factors. The two most important are the maximum charging power of the charging station and the charging power of the electric car itself. For both parameters, the lower value is the limiting factor.

For example, the time it takes to fully charge an electric car currently varies between 20 minutes and several hours. At a simple AC charging station, the average is currently two to four hours. It is much faster at a DC fast charging station. Since 2016, these have also been expanded throughout Europe. With 150 kW, sometimes even up to 300 kW, a range of around 100 km is possible after just a few minutes.

However, only very few electric cars are able to use the maximum power of the charging stations. In this case, the charging station recognizes the lower charging power of the electric car and throttles its own down accordingly. This shortcoming is unnecessary with luxury-class e-cars, such as a Tesla.

How high is the charging power with a Tesla from ELOOP?

You can hardly be more innovative on the road than with a Tesla, of course fast charging is possible at any fast charging station. The charging power of the Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP, for example, is up to 225 kW

This means: with a Supercharger the charging time is 45 min (10%-90% range), with CCS 50 kW the Tesla is fully charged again in one and a half hours, with a connection with 11 kW you get back to full range after 4.5 hours. A guide and tips for charging your Tesla from ELOOP can be found here.

Tesla Supercharger: Up to 120 km range in just five minutes

Tesla’s first Superchargers were tested back in 2012. Today, the technology is already so mature that the latest generation, the Supercharger V3, can reach a peak power of 250 kW. The Tesla Model 3 with its large battery can thus be recharged to a range of 120 km in just five minutes.

And the trend is upwards: Elon Musk tweeted in July 2021 that the Supercharger network will get an upgrade up to 300 kW and also already spoke of a V4 Supercharger generation with up to 350 kW.

With the increasingly powerful technologies, it is only a matter of time before the topic of charging time disappears by itself among the e-car myths.

#4 E-car myths: electric cars have too limited range

First things first: combustion engines (still) have a longer range than electric cars. The limiting factor in the range of electric cars is the battery. These are becoming more and more powerful – while the space required for installation remains the same. So it is only a matter of time before the electric engine beats the combustion engine in terms of range.

What range is now considered to be low for electric cars is subjective. In any case, most drivers expect a car to have a greater range than they would actually need in everyday driving. An analysis by VCÖ on the subject of e-mobility shows, for example, that 94% of all car trips by the Austrian population are less than 50 km long.

Since 400 km is already standard for many electric cars, the range problem for electric cars should not be a legitimate point of discussion, at least for everyday use.

What is the range of ELOOPS Tesla?

With a fully charged Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP you get a range of 420 km. This is enough for a spontaneous trip from Vienna to Zagreb, Ljubjana, Prague or Budapest.

With just one charging stop, you can easily get from Vienna to Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Venice, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Warsaw or Krakow. Fancy a weekend trip? Register now and book your first trip!

Myth #5: Electric cars are less fun to drive

Ever driven a Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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A Token for Green Mobility

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in a means of economic assets in order to create a passive income.
And we believe in the democratization of the sharing economy and access through simple financial products.

ELOOP is the first company in the world that makes it possible to invest in an existing, variable asset – in the case of ELOOP, the car sharing fleet – by means of a token and to participate in the journey sales. This enables a company’s stakeholders to be involved in the value chain. This means that consumers not only benefit from the company’s service or product, but also monetarily from the capital generated.

The ELOOP ONE Token (EOT) makes it possible to translate the meaning of sharing implied in the term “sharing economy” into reality and to be the first “real” car sharing provider.

Blockchain

The blockchain is recognized by many experts as world-changing potential. Technology should take the Internet to the next level as we know it. Blockchain-based products have already found their way into finance. With low transaction costs and barrier-free participation opportunities, the technology can have an inclusive effect on the increasingly exclusive financial market. With the elimination of entry hurdles, the elitist character of groups of people with financial products can be pluralized and the financial industry can be “re” democratized from the point of view of investors.

Useful applications that do justice to this task are currently still to be found in vain and the connotation of the term has not necessarily been considered positive by the majority of people since the crypto hype of 2017 and the subsequent crash of all cryptocurrencies. In order for this picture to change, applications are needed that create a benefit for society as a whole and are connected with real economic benefits. It takes a move away from highly speculative coins and tokens with no real equivalent.

General

In contrast to previous Token Sales, the EOT is not sold to raise capital, which is then used for product development, but the EOT maps an existing product. The product here is the car sharing service, which has been already developed. 

The car sharing and data monetization business are not dependent on the success of the token sale. ELOOP already owns these cars, they are operationally used in car sharing and generate sales. A user secures a virtual share in the fleet. This constellation gives the EOT a physical countervalue and eliminates the character of a highly speculative financial product, as was the case with many Token.

Tokenized fleet

The tokenized fleet in this first token sale involves 4 BMW i3 vehicles, which represent the financial hobby horses of ELOOP. The cars have the best equipment and range and generate the greatest sales. The value of a tokenized car was calculated at € 60,000 (Unlimited duration). This value also determines the total amount of EOT – Token Supply for sale.

Token supply

The number of EOTs offered, results from the tokenized fleet and amounts to 240,000 EOT, which corresponds to € 240,000 at the time of the token sale. The total number of these tokens is for sale.

Profit split

The operating profit is split 50/50 between the token holders and ELOOP. This cut is necessary so that ELOOP can at least partially compensate for the marketing and personnel costs incurred for promoting and maintaining the service. The income is also used to buy a new vehicle after the useful life of a car. In addition, the costs of the KYC check and the transaction fees that are due when the EOT is transferred to the user wallet are paid. The division takes place automatically and immediately after processing a trip.

Token purchase

The ELOOP ONE token can be purchased directly – i.e. without a broker, trading platform or bank. There are no further costs for the user and the capital flows 100% into the investment product (token). This distinguishes the token from classic securities and especially from classic crowdinvesting, in which a very high proportion usually has to be assigned to the crowdinvesting platform.

EOT can be purchased via the dashboard in the Tokens tab. Due to tax law reasons, the EOT can only be bought in pre-made packages. These packages are 250, 500, 1,000, 2,500 and 5,000 tokens. Every user is free to purchase these packages several times.

Payout

As soon as the EOT are on the user wallet, participation in the journey sales begins. For the time calculation of the participation, every hour in which the token was in the respective wallet is taken into account in order to calculate the payout amounts. The user always sees the payable amount on the dashboard. A payout is only possible if there is at least EUR 10 credit available. Amounts below this cannot be paid out. There are two options for the User to have the credit paid out. The first option is a cash-out in FIAT (Euro) and the second is a cash-out in driving-credits. EOT holders are free to carry out a cash-out or to wait. 

All requested cash-outs will then be paid out collectively on a key date per month.

Payout in Credits

The second option is to convert the payout amount into credits. This is interesting for all users who also use the ELOOP car sharing service. Token holders who choose this option will receive more driving-credits than a cash-out in FIAT. The factor is 1.5.

For more information visit our website https://eloop.one/

Is car sharing a competition for the public transport?

The (reasonable) use of car sharing in urban areas is often questioned. Due to the well-established public transport network in Vienna, one would see no use and necessity of car sharing in the city. We all agree that normally, a person living in Vienna can get around in the best possible way using environmentally friendly public transport.

An environmentally friendly addition

Electric car sharing is not intended to replace the usual and everyday routes, it is rather an environmentally friendly option to rent a car depending on the situation. For people who do not have a car, this is a pleasant alternative to make longer journeys, heavy transports or trips. It is ultimately a rental car that can be parked almost anywhere in Vienna free of charge. After your trip the vehicle can be parked in the entire home zone. A rental car with a number of advantages, so to speak.

In addition to all these positive aspects, the main factor that distinguishes ELOOP from all other casharing providers is clear – our cars are 100% electric with green electricity. Another decisive factor is that we don’t see our home zone as a (single) operational area, but rather as an extended rental car parking space. Our tariff model is also designed for longer rentals of several hours and days.

The golden mean

So our service lies between the well-known car sharing and car rental providers. While most car sharing trips take 20-30 minutes and a rental car usually only pays off after at least 2 days, we position ourselves exactly in between – in the golden middle. We do not want ELOOP cars to replace public transport, but see ourselves as an environmentally friendly addition to Viennas public transport system.

Thanks to the well-developed public transport network, many Viennese relinquish a own car. We are committed to this positive development. With our service we want to support those who do not have a car and need one depending on the situation.

Therefore, car sharing shouldn’t be a convenient alternative to public transport, but an addition to environmentally friendly mobility.

Hydrogen vs. Electric cars

François Isaac de Rivaz, a French officer, built an hydrogen-powered car in 1807. He carried the hydrogen in a balloon and led it into the reciprocating engine, where it was simply burned.

A lot has changed in technology over the last 200 years – so also with the progress of building environmentally friendly cars and other means of transport. However, the hydrogen car with its fuel cell has not yet really been able to establish itself, even though various manufacturers have tried it over the past few years.

What is a fuel cell car anyway?

A fuel cell is an electricity supplier. For example, hydrogen serves as fuel, which reacts in the cell with the oxygen from the air – this generates electricity and the only waste product here is water vapor. In contrast to an electric car, the hydrogen car generates its electricity almost in real time on board. The range is much longer than that of an electric car and it only takes a few minutes to refuel.

The problems

The costs: Such a car costs quite a bit of money, and refueling is considerably more expensive than a charging station.

The fuel: Hydrogen (chemical symbol “H”) is the most common element in the solar system, but on earth it only occurs in a bound form, for example in water (H2O). Electrolysis can break down water into its elements of hydrogen and oxygen, but it takes a lot of electricity. Therefore, the hydrogen required is predominantly obtained from natural gas today – not the most sustainable variant.

The infrastructure: Have you ever noticed a hydrogen filling station in Austria? If not, it’s definitely not up to you. Because only 5 of these stations are available throughout Austria. These are available in Vienna, Wiener Neudorf, Asten, Innsbruck and Graz – and here we are already dealing with the biggest problem – the chicken and egg problem. As long as there is not enough demand, the expansion of this infrastructure is not really worth it – and vice versa, people do not buy a fuel cell vehicle if the infrastructure is not already available. In contrast to battery cars, you cannot refuel a fuel cell car at home. But also the size difference between a hydrogen filling station and a fast charging station for electric cars is enormous. The gas tanks are extremely large due to their required volume. In addition, the energy consumption for hydrogen cars is 2.4 times as high as for cars with batteries.

Hydrogen: You also need a lot of electricity to produce hydrogen from water. The hydrogen obtained is then stored in gas tanks and after car refueling it is directly converted into electricity. This process is relatively expensive and is therefore a fundamental disadvantage. In addition, only 25% of the original energy in a fuel cell vehicle leads to movement, the rest is lost. In the case of battery-operated electric cars, this value is around 70%.

Depending on the application, either battery electric cars or fuel cell vehicles are more suitable. However, all environmentally friendly forms of drive are important and each one has its effect in order to make road traffic cleaner.

Nevertheless, the proportion of alternative forms of drive will continue to increase to enable sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.

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5 Trips into nature around Vienna

With a green car into the green

Although Vienna was voted the most livable city in the world for the second time in a row, there is often a great need for peace, nature or even for a summit cross and well-deserved mountain hut meal in between our city life. No question, in Vienna there are some green oases and variety from the everyday life and if you long for more rest or nature, you can easily get out of Vienna by train or bus. But many destinations are hardly or difficulty to reach without a car. ELOOP offers the perfect solution to avoid having to switch to the familiar excursions, or to be dependent on (non-ideal) departure times.

If you are in the mood for nature, the lake or a hearty mountain hut meal, you do not know where to go – read on and you may find your perfect trip tip!

The km and thus the time information is given by assuming that the starting point is in Vienna’s city center.

Kahlenbergdorf

You don’t have to drive out of Vienna to enjoy the village idyll and Heurigen-atmosphere with a view. With just under 12km and less than half an hour’s drive, the Kahlenbergdorf invites you for a spontaneous trip. The steep and narrow streets of the Kahlenbergdorf give this authentic quaintness, which is underlined by the vineyards and hiking trails. For wine and food, the wine taverns and restaurants, which you either discover at the harbor while watching passing ships, or high up with a view over the village, the Danube and Vienna. Probably the best view is from the Heuriger “Hirt”. Good, local food and wine are ordered here without a menu. In Kahlenbergdorf you can enjoy your evening off after work without much planning and thinking.

Kaltenleutgebner See

The nature area and biotope in Perchtoldsdorf is rather unknown to Viennese. The quarry lake is 27 km from the center of Vienna, so you can be there in less than an hour. Even if it is not a swimming lake, you can linger there after a short hike through the forest, but even without a hike, you can enjoy peace and nature by the water. The Josefswarte viewing platform and a few restaurants are also nearby.

Myra Falls

Already in 1801 the water that shot down into the valley fascinated Emperor Franz II and his wife Empress Maria Theresa. Even more than two centuries later, the 125m high Myra Falls inspire numerous visitors. After an hour, approx. 74 km, you are at the parking lot in Muggendorf. This is where the circular hiking trail begins, for which several wooden bridges and stairs have been built. The maintenance fee is € 5 for adults and € 1.5 for under 15 year olds, children up to 5 years visit the waterfalls free of charge. Past the area of ​​the Myra waterfalls, it goes through the forest to a reservoir, where the “Karnerwirt” provides food and refreshment. The Myra Falls in Muggendorf are certainly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Austria and are therefore not only an exciting destination for families. You can charge your e-car at the EVN Charging Station in Muggendorf. The charging station is a 7-minute walk from the entrance to the Myra Falls.

Schöpfl

893 meters. That is the height of the Schöpfl, the highest mountain in the Vienna Woods. It takes a good hour, approx. 55 km, to get to various starting points of the hiking routes. Once at the top there is not only the Schöpl mountain hut, but also the “Matraswarte” observation tower. From the tower you can enjoy a 360° panorama, which extends from the Tullner Feld, via Vienna to the Schneeberg. There are several ways to the summit. The shortest ascent starts at the Icelandic Horse Center “Forsthof”, the walking time is 50 minutes. From the village of St. Corona am Schöpfl it takes 1 hour and if you start at the saddle of the Klammhöhe or from the Schöpflgitter it takes 2 hours.

Hohe Wand

Climbing and flight enthusiasts, animal lovers, hikers and everyone who wants to become one – watch out. Within 1h 10min, approx. 74km, you can reach the Hohe Wand nature park. For a small toll fee and affordable entry, you can discover a fascinating flora and fauna. There you will find activities such as hiking with llamas and alpacas, a climbing area, numerous huts and restaurants, the flight school “Fly Hohe Wand”, animal feeding, a petting zoo and of course various hiking routes and the well-known Skywalk terrace. Although the journey by e-car is relatively long, you don’t have to worry about suddenly stopping on the route. Because visitors to the Hohe Wand nature park can charge their e-cars for free at two e-filling stations (3.7 kW). So you can load the car during your visit and drive home worry- and stress-free.

How does it work?

If you want to leave the Vienna city life, then grab an ELOOP car near you and off you go. Cuddly for two in a Smart or with your family or friends in a BMW i3. If you don’t have the ELOOP app yet, just download it from your app store and register within 2 minutes. Regardless of whether it is a day of hiking, a leisurely stroll or discovering new places, from 7.50 € per hour or 49.90 € per day you have your own e-car for two people.

And best of all, you drive into the countryside with 100% green electricity! 

Our climate protection goals and partnership with Klimaaktiv

Klimaaktiv is the climate protection initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT). https://www.klimaaktiv.at/

No CO2

Caroo only uses e-cars that are charged with green electricity. As a result, no CO2 is generated during the conversion of energy into electricity and while driving. A vehicle with an internal combustion engine will never be included in the fleet. These factors have convinced Klimaaktiv to accept Caroo as a partner.

Saving nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and energy

As part of the Klimaaktiv mobil initiative, Caroo, in cooperation with Herry Consult, has calculated the following savings potential. It is an observation period of three years with 50 electric cars. As the fleet grows, the savings will be significantly higher.

Caroo savings:
844 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide)
2,313 kg NOx (nitrogen oxides)
56 kilograms of particles
3,213 MWh of energy

Caroo makes an active contribution to climate protection in Austria and to the health of Viennese citizens by conserving resources through car sharing and by reducing emissions with the help of e-cars. Diesel driving bans and car sharing-laws, as already approved in Germany, would further strengthen Caroo’s business model. It is anticipated that similar laws will follow in Austria and across Europe.

German Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Carsharing is very trendy, is very popular and has great growth potential. We want to make car sharing even more dynamic. This means that we create additional advantages for carsharing cars and thus particularly promote this form of mobility. “

Sources:
https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel/LA/carsharing-gesetz.html


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