The so-called "last mile" is increasingly becoming a problem. In order to minimize the spread of the corona virus, more and more sharing providers are restricting their services or even completely suspending their services. Firstly, because they want to protect their employees. Second, because customers stay away. Some companies, on the other hand, expand their range during the corona crisis, strengthen the vehicle fleet and allow users to drive at reduced prices or even free of charge. An overview of which sharing providers of e-scooters, cars, scooters or rental bikes are still in business andmeet them for customers and employees, here.
The Ridepooling service Moia from Volkswagen will temporarily suspend its offer in Hamburg and Hanover from April 1st. The company is responding to the corona crisis and the restrictions on public life, as a result of which the demand for trips has decreased significantly, according to Moia. The measure serves to protect the driver and is intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Moia's offer will be gradually reduced over the remaining days. To maintain jobs, Moia applies for short-time work for around 900 employees to protect the workforce from layoffs.
The provider ShareNow, which emerged from the merger of the services Car2Go and DriveNow, continues its offer without restriction. However, due to the corona virus, a decreasing demand for the service is observed. "At the moment we want to offer all people who have to continue to work or urgently need errands the safest possible means of transport," says ShareNow spokesman Niklas Merk. But this is reassessed from day to day and therefore no final decision can be announced.
ShareNow has tightened the hygiene measures significantly. The vehicles are cleaned and disinfected by a specially commissioned service provider. This measure takes place in addition to the regular cleaning of the vehicles, so that they would now be disinfected more often than before.
The Clevershuttle vehicles are currently still fully available in the cities of Kiel, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Dresden and Munich. However, this will change from April 3 when employees go on short-time work. "As of this week, we are reducing the number of our shuttles on the streets. With these measures, CleverShuttle is doing its part to protect employees, break the chain of infection and curb the spread of this pandemic," said Fabio Adlassnigg, Clevershuttle.
Clevershuttle offers additional services such as the transportation of medication or food, or scheduled shuttle trips between two locations. CleverShuttle provides 50 euros of credit to people working in healthcare, the police or the fire service.
For reasons of hygiene, the provider refrains from ride pooling trips, i.e. taking along different people who do not know each other but have a similar route. Instead, only journeys directly to the destination are offered. Cash payment is no longer possible, and passengers can only sit in the back. Clevershuttle also installs cutting discs between the front and rear rows of seats. Where this is not possible, improvisation takes place and plastic tarpaulins are used instead.
The VW subsidiary, which so far only offers vehicles in Berlin, is keeping the business going. However, the booking numbers are currently declining. "Nevertheless, we recognize that our offer is still being used and there is demand throughout the day. We conclude that car sharing is an important offer in the city's mobility mix, especially in times of crisis," says WeShare spokesman Michael Fischer.
WeShare has expanded its business area to include several hospital locations to enable medical staff to connect to car sharing. Employees of the Charité University Hospital receive vouchers for free journeys every day. Parking fees during rental have been reduced from 19 cents to 5 cents to allow people to make larger purchases.
The Berlin ridesharing service BerlKönig will cease regular operations from March 25 to April 19 and will only offer free on-demand trips for medical and nursing staff during this time. During this special operation, the shuttles are to transport medical staff, nursing staff, medical assistants and rescue workers to work and home in an expanded business area from 9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
The sharing service of the car rental company Sixt is available without restriction until further notice. "We are continuously monitoring the situation," says Sixt Share. The vehicles would be cleaned at regular intervals and contact points would also be disinfected. Until April 15, Sixt Share offers doctors or medical nursing staff free car sharing in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.
The transport service provider Uber also offers its service without restrictions. By working with health authorities, the accounts of passengers or drivers who have confirmed that they have been infected with COVID-19 or have come into contact with the virus can be temporarily blocked. "We strive to provide our partner drivers with disinfectants so they can disinfect their cars. While supplies are limited at the moment, we are working with manufacturers and distributors to source as much as possible," says the Uber website.
Emmy offers electric scooters for hire in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich – and will continue to do so despite Corona. According to Emmy, there are no restrictions. "However, the number of trips is declining sharply, which is why we are now temporarily offering our scooters for monthly rental," says Emmy spokesman Valerian Seither. The scooter rental for 30 days costs 250 euros. The price includes battery replacement of the scooters by Emmy employees and insurance. The hygiene measures were also neglected. Each time the scooter was replaced, all contact points such as handles, etc. would also be disinfected.
The e-scooter rental company is currently continuing its service in Germany in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Nuremberg. However, the company wanted to adapt the fleets and in future increasingly park the scooters at hospitals in order to support the health staff, according to the Voi website. The provider also recommended that its customers use the vehicles with gloves. For this purpose, Voi is now distributing its own gloves to customers in other cities such as Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Lime's e-scooters are currently in Germany. The offer is also being suspended worldwide and is only available in New Zealand, South Korea or the United Arab Emirates. Stricter hygiene regulations have been introduced at the locations that are still open.
Bird can no longer rent e-scooters anywhere in Europe. "Out of responsibility towards and understanding of the people, the cities and communities in which we are active, we have decided to temporarily suspend our service across Europe," says a statement by the company.
The sharing service provider Nextbike offers itscontinues to grow across Germany and is even expanding its range. "In Berlin we decided to offer the first 30 minutes of each ride free of charge. At the same time we are currently in discussions with many other cities to offer free rides here too," said Mareike Rauchhaus from Nextbike.
Call a bike
The Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Call a Bike offers 16,000 rental bikes throughout Germany. Despite Corona, the company continues to run without restrictions. When it comes to hygiene measures, the company relies on the recommendations of the RKI and recommends that users wash their hands thoroughly.
The e-bike and e-scooter provider Jump, which belongs to Uber and can be used in Berlin and Munich, is discontinuing its rental for the time being. The aim is to protect users' health and slow the spread of the virus.