Warsaw (Poland), January 27 2017- PSA Group – 2nd carmaker in Europe – through its subsidiary Citroën Polska, Communauto – the first carsharing operator in North America – and Egis – European operator of smart mobility services – are proud to announce they have been jointly selected by the city of Warsaw as a candidate to a tender to offer carsharing in the city. In the next weeks, the consortium will be allowed to submit its project in order to obtain the concession to provide a flexible and spontaneous on-demand carsharing system.
Egis has a global approach to smart city services and operates a large set of solutions – urban traffic flows management, on-street parking, electro-mobility services, bike sharing, electronic tolling. Egis can propose a complete offer of all the new services coming soon on the Polish market, capitalising on its existing structure and expertise in Poland and on its world wide experience in operating mobility services.
“Carsharing will capitalise on our know-how in managing bike schemes in Poland, access to charging infrastructures in France, on-street smart parking and peak-hour avoidance in the Netherlands. It will be the first complementary service to the existing bike schemes in Poland bringing Mobility As A Service to Polish citizens.” commented Krassimira Iordanova, chief business development officer at Egis Projects.
Communauto, oldest carsharing service in North America (1994) operates in 8 cities in Canada and in Paris, France. It is actually the only operator in the world to already manage at the same time and in the same city a large fleet (more than 1 500 cars) in both station-based model with reservation and one-way model with cars spontaneously parked on street, as per requirement of the city of Warsaw.
” Communauto developed know-how and tools to offer a carsharing service that is affordable, integrated with public transport, economically sustainable and enough flexible to offer a user experience tailor-made on local needs. Our experience make us immediately ready to share with local partner our solution in Warsaw” said Marco Viviani, vice-president for strategic development at Communauto.
PSA Group already offers car sharing services on its own. For example, the offer “Citroën Multicity” operates in Berlin with a 400-vehicle fleet. The service allows users to rent a car for short periods of time. The vehicles are available for pick-up around the German capital in dedicated parking spaces, not just at car sharing stations, thus forming part of a “free floating” system. Customers locate and reserve the car of their choice using a smartphone application. They can also use their smartphone to unlock the car at the start of their journey and lock it again once they arrive at their destination.
“For PSA Group, mobility means not only making and selling excellent cars, but also offering a full range of mobility solutions. Within the “Push to Pass” plan, PSA Group intends to become a preferred mobility provider worldwide, while leveraging its new Free2Move brand” said Brigitte Courtehoux, Senior Vice President of the Connected Services and New Mobility Business Unit.
The alliance of Communauto, Egis and PSA Group will enable to implement the project very fast thanks to our deep know-how of carsharing services and the Polish market in addition with setting-up solid foundations for the development of Warsaw smart city.
Citroën is an international automotive brand with a full-line core range. Founded in 1919, Citroën has made its mark through its bold, optimistic and creative approach to automotive design. These values are harnessed in the pursuit of customer wellbeing, with fresh solutions to the questions arising in each era. Today, Citroën is reinventing itself with models placing the emphasis on design, comfort and intelligent technology, and with a smooth, transparent customer experience, illustrated by the online review site Citroën Advisor. With 10,000 customer contact points in more than 90 countries, Citroën sold nearly 1.2 million vehicles in 2015. The brand has also claimed eight Manufacturers’ titles in the WRC and claimed its third Manufacturers’ title in the WTCC in 2016 (pending official publication by the FIA).
Citroen in Poland had a thriving business until the late 1930’s under the name Polskie Towarzystwo Samochodów Citroën (The Polish Citroen Automobile Association). Citroën set up a subsidiary in Warsaw in 1993. Today, Citroen Polska has 180 employees and an extensive network close to the customer, including 49 showrooms, 47 workshops, and 20 business centres for B2B customers. The company also offers finance and insurance services as well as the Citroen Select network offering used cars with a guarantee. Citroën’s full range, innovation and technology empower the brand to achieve success and the trust of customers.
Communauto was founded in Québec City in 1994. The company has a social, environmental and urbanistic mission. It is not only the oldest carsharing company in North America but also the first North American carsharing organisation to offer a large fleet of 100% electric vehicles as well as both station-based and free-floating carsharing services. It service relies on more than 2000 vehicles. Its network is in full expansion, present in 7 Canadian cities : Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal (Laval and Longueuil), Québec, Sherbrooke, Halifax and, since 2012, in Paris, France.
Through its worldwide presence Egis has a unique know-how in managing complex transport infrastructure projects. It is a major player in the public-private partnership market, with 30 projects, acting as long-term developer and investor, systems integrator, operating and maintaining infrastructures and providing related services that address the big challenges of today: ecological, energy, and digital transformation of our society. Egis has a smart city approach in its conception of solutions to make traffic fluid, facilitate parking, promote changes in user driving habits. Its services branch, Egis Easytrip Services, offers a large scope of transport and smart mobility services to road users. Easytrip has offices in 15 countries, manages 1.9 million user accounts and 500 million euros of transactions per year.
Its Polish subsidiary, Egis Projects Polska, has a wide-spread presence in the country: O&M of A2 (AESA) and A4 (Via4), supply of FOE (fixed operating equipment) for tolling systems, 5 offices of Egis Easytrip Services for the provision tolling services, VAT recovery, ferry booking to heavy goods vehicles. Through its brand BikeU it is a supplier and operator of bike sharing schemes in different cities in Poland, the last contract being signed this year for the city of Krakow.