Covid and mobility: 54 million rides using sharing solutions, a record in 2020.


Based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and by the main platforms in the industry, GreenVulcano Technologies ( calculated the aggregated value of micromobility, highlighting the way its growth – compared to carsharing – can impact the future strategically and giving us quantified measures about it.

After a brief, initial drop we recorded during the first lockdown, the health crisis paradoxically brought to a boom of the sharing mobility’s phenomenon, especially for what concerns micromobility: kick scooters (+554%), scooters (+26%) and bikes (+25%) – since these are considered safer than closed vehicles.

These numbers – based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and by the main platforms in the industry – come from studies carried out by GreenVulcano ( a leading company in Europe, regarded as the B2B player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, as well as one of the most active «made-in-Italy hi-tech» research and development labs in the widest sectors.

The average value of the increase in the number of vehicles tells us that micromobility grew +202%.

If we consider the usage of the service – the analysts at GreenVulcano Technologies argue – 2020 will end with a total number of 54 million shared rides: an unthinkable number just a few years ago. However, there is an increasing tendency towards sharing mobility, so much that it pushed the automotive industry to adjust its business model, holding the sharing economy in higher regard.

However, driving licences decreased as well. This is a relevant indicator of how technology and the Internet replaced cars in the newer generations’ minds – and often in the older ones too. Today, youngsters prefer to “travel” online always more frequently and – for physical movements – to adopt micromobility solutions, whose increase in the last year has been more than four-fold (+202%) compared to carsharing (+48%).

«Within 2021, the Italian sharing economy – including its 5 macro-areas (collaborative finance, temporary lodging, vehicle sharing, on-demand domestic services and on-demand professional services) – could reach a value of 1.3% of the GDP, that is 25 billion dollars. But the main characters of the industry’s growth are the transport services’ sharing platforms which, within 2025, will represent 40% of the whole market value,» as argued by Marco D’Ambrosio, Business Development Manager of GreenVulcano Technologies, which – with more than 100 employees and a 20-year-old experience – introduced sharing economy to companies of every dimension, including leader companies: from Octo Telematics – the famous «Red Cinquecento’s» player – to eDriving, whose mission is to support more than one million drivers in reducing accidents and injuries.

The impact of sharing mobility on the economy will be – from a company’s point of view – 8 million euros: 40% of 25 billion dollars.

«However, from another perspective, the impact on people will be even greater: today, we can already enjoy a 20-minute journey at variable costs – according to the mix of means we choose – between 50 cents and 5.3 euros says Claudio Ortenzi, Senior Analyst at GreenVulcano Technologies.

The analysts of the big player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, then, surveyed the current Covid-19 circumstances, which had Italy divided into 3 zones. According to the region – and often also to the assigned color – the citizens’ behavior changes, as GreenVulcano Technologies verified.

Hence, Italians turn out to be divided into 3 kinds of behavior – besides being divided into 3 zones: bold, worrisome or balanced.

In some regions in the red zone – or that have been in the red zone for a period – the overwhelming movement limitations triggered the desire to infringe the rules: this is the case of Lombardy, where residents are “bolder” and are not worried to resort to carsharing.

Besides Lombardy, among the regions that GreenVulcano Technologies believes to be “bolder”, we also find Tuscany, Campania, Apulia and Abruzzo.

In Latium, instead, we find more “worrisome” profiles. Although they can choose to resort to car-sharing – and although the vehicle disinfection protocols provide high safety warranties – citizens prefer to avoid car-sharing and prefer open vehicles: scooters, bikes and kick scooters. Among the generally more “worrisome” regions we also have Emilia Romagna, Marche, Liguria and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The “balanced” profiles, at last, prevail in Umbria, Sicily and Sardinia. In these regions, there is no tendency to scaremongering and people keep living as they always did, without letting their guard down.

«In the other regions, we don’t really find a marked predominant behavior: citizens are equally distributed among the 3 different profiles. The choice here depends more on the individual profile and the environment,» GreenVulcano Technologies’s analysts conclude.

Sharing economy boomed: 1 Italian on 5 subscribed to a sharing service.


In 2020, transport sharing services dramatically increased in Italy. Subscriptions to sharing mobility solutions reached 11,549,750 if we count those 5,475,000 subscribed to car and scooter pooling services as well. This is further explained by GreenVulcano Technologies ( based on data gathered by Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and the sector’s main platforms.

The way we move in our cities is changing. It is changing thanks to players such as GreenVulcano Technologies ( and its new predictive algorithms, which allow (among many things) to find the right vehicle in the right place at the right time and (especially) to ensure the highest safety for every travel through, for instance, monitoring the vehicle’s conditions and the driver’s driving skills.

But how has mobility changed in the last year? Here are the numbers for 2020 GreenVulcano Technologies worked on – according to the report developed by the National Sharing Mobility Observatory of «Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile» and to data gathered from specific mobility sharing platforms (both ride-sharing and pooling) for cars and scooters.

«Today, in Italy, actual sharing vehicles – that’s excluding pooling – are 80,423,» as stated by Claudio Ortenzi, Senior Analyst at GreenVulcano Technologies, a leading company in Europe, regarded as the B2B player behind the curtain of the most relevant smart mobility companies and one of the most active «made-in-Italy hi-tech» R&D labs for the widest sectors.

The most numerous fleet – in the first place – is still that of bikes: 36,000 units (of which 5,413 are electric bikes) for a total of 13 million rides in 2020.

But the number of bikes has been more or less stable for 2 years. Hence, bike-sharing will be soon replaced by kick scooters, whose fleet has now increased to 27,150 units, with an increase of 554% compared to 2019 – for a total of 5 million rides against 2019’s 3 million and 2018′ 989,000 rides.

In the third place, we have cars which – also considering free-floating vehicles you can pick up and leave wherever you want and station-based ones you can only pick up and leave in specific places – amount to 12,000, of which 2,094 are electric, with an increase of 46% compared to 2019 and of 52% compared to 2018.

Finally, scooters amount to 5,273, of which the great majority (4,818) are electric, with an increasing number of rides: 4 million against 3 million in 2019 and 1 million in 2018.

If we consider the number of subscribers, however, we still find car sharing in the first place, with 3,565,750 subscribers (+48% compared to 2019). In the second place, we have bike-sharing, with 1,600,000 subscribers (+8% compared to 2019); and in the third place, scooter sharing with 609,000 subscribers (+45% compared to 2019).

In the last place, we have kick scooter sharing, with a number of subscribers GreenVulcano Technologies estimates at 300,000 people. However, the service has basically started only this year and is quickly climbing the Italian market approval ratings.

If we add the 5,475,000 carpooling users and those of the yet little popular scooter pooling, then, we get to 11,549,750 users subscribed to sharing mobility: basically almost one Italian on 5.

Sharing mobility is growing and it’s the driving force of the Italian sharing economy. What determined its success is the implementation of technology and the development of ad-hoc IT systems, as the ones developed by GreenVulcano Technologies – not only for cars and motor vehicles but also for kick scooters, hoverboards, skateboards and bikes – in the name of greener, more agile and silent rides, so as to improve as much as possible the life of customers and citizens.

«According to the European Commission’s data, Italians get stuck in traffic for an average of 38 hours per year. Basically, they lose a working week stuck in queues, not to mentions the levels of pollution caused by traffic jams. And yet, today we only need an app to have the best ride available in a few taps to reach our destination in the most efficient way, even jumping queues,» as Marco D’AmbrosioGreenVulcano Technologies’s Business Development Manager comments.

With more than 100 employees and a 20-year-old experience, GreenVulcano Technologies worked together with companies of every dimension to move towards sharing economy. These include major players such as Octo Telematics and eDriving, whose mission is to support more than one million drivers in reducing accidents and injuries.

It also helped many startups which – thanks to innovation and all-round integration B2B partners as GreenVulcano, whose strength is to support other companies from scratch – designed new business models and leveraged the power of technological platforms and revolutionary predictive algorithms to push new forms of micromobility – among car sharing, carpooling, bike-sharing and so on – and brand-new methodologies for vehicle use. A phenomenon currently changing the way we think of mobility all around the globe.

From 2021, sharing mobility will enter a revolutionary era: here we are with GreenVulcano in the new age of sustainable mobility.


«From 2021, sharing mobility will kick off a revolutionary era, leading to an increasingly greener environmental impact. We’ll witness cleaner engines and a new mobility philosophy where sharing will have a central role,» GreenVulcano’s experts argue.

The new EU regulations come into effect this year already foresee a gradual transition towards zero-emission mobility, introducing new challenges and necessities. Thanks to tech partners such as GreenVulcano ( these can be promptly tackled and rapidly overcome in a sector – the transportation industry – which is responsible for 30% of the total emissions (the 72% of which is caused by road transportation alone).

Other sectors already cut their emissions since 1990. But in the transportation field the increasing mobility of people – even if considering vehicle diversification and inclusion of “new” transport means as power-assisted bikes and kick scooters – caused the increase of CO2 emissions. That’s why, today, 70% of all European smog is caused by just 6 countries. First and foremost by Germany, which pollutes twice as much as Italy. It was GreenVulcano to highlight this, based on data gathered by Eurostat.

On top of the European league, Germany contributed to 22.5% of the total CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, followed by the United Kingdom with 11.4% and Poland with 10.3%. Then, we find France and Italy at around 10% and Spain at 7.7%.

Yet, for what concerns investments, solutions and timing, GreenVulcano ( – with more than 100 employees and a 20-year-old wide experience – is a leader in Europe. It is regarded as the B2B player behind the curtain of the major smart mobility companies, as well as one of the most active «made-in-Italy hi-tech» research and development labs in the widest sectors.

However, as for individual cities, the chart sees Italy on the top – according to data published by the International Council on Clean Transportation. In the first and the second place, indeed, we find Milan and Turin respectively. On the podium, we also have Stuttgart, followed by KyivCologneHaarlem and Berlin. Among the most polluted cities, there’s also Naples, which is the seventh.

The fight against pollution in 2021, hence, must get to the heart of the matter in a context involving all the countries currently invested in solving the health crisis with new strengthened social distancing measures and with an increasing return to sharing as an alternative to avoid crowded public transport.

According to GreenVulcano, Covid-19 is a further accelerator of sharing mobility while the new EU rules impose the manufacturers to reduce emissions by 15% for all vehicles and by 37.5% for cars within 2025 and by 31% for trucks within 2030. This way, they aim at a reduction of 90% of all the emissions generated by the transport sector by 2050.

«From 2021, sharing mobility will kick off a revolutionary era, leading to an increasingly greener environmental impact. We’ll witness cleaner engines and a new mobility philosophy where sharing will have a central role together with alternative, ideally zero-emission means of transport GreenVulcano’s experts argue.

But practically, what are the environmental benefits brought by sharing? GreenVulcano’s experts evaluate that for every 1,000 sharing cars we would save 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. It basically is the equivalent of planting 3,000 trees. Together with all the other vehicles – as kick scooters or power-assisted bikes – the impact is even close to zero.

The forecasts are positive: today, 6 million Italians are already subscribed to at least one sharing mobility service. But even if we only looked at the news, the trend is growing constantly. In the last months, we could also witness a boom of electric scooter sharing.

We should not forget that many startups contributed to the sharing mobility boom which – thanks to innovation and all-round integration B2B partners as GreenVulcano, whose strength is to support other companies from scratch – effectively responded to this new social need, leveraging the power of tech platforms to promote new ways to use these vehicles, widening the product lines and designing new business models.

«This phenomenon is not ascribed to private sharing and fleets,» GreenVulcano’s experts specify. This transformation is taking shape also for company fleets, having companies of every dimension shift towards the «sharing economy», promoting the use of public transport at the company level too.

Money-saving is remarkable for companies adopting this approach. This way, they can move from the concept of «Total cost of ownership» (TCO) to that of «Total cost of mobility» (TCM), moving away from the simple management costs of the fleet’s vehicles to the management costs of all company mobility at 360 degrees, including related services and outsourcing non-core activities to those who have more experience and expertise.

«Outsourcing is a phenomenon increasingly concerning bigger operators too since they definitely save on costs the company’s analysts argue. It is not a case that among GreenVulcano’s clients there are major players such as Octo Telematics or eDrivingSM, whose mission is to help more than a million drivers to reduce accidents and injuries.

Thanks to the experience gained in 20 years of activity, GreenVulcano has the right expertise to realize custom «shared mobility» solutions for cars, scooters, kick scooters and even electric bikes. It does so quickly and with optimized costs, so much that he became the ideal partner of multimodal mobility solutions as the current ones.

Italy’s smart mobility is booming.

Twelve thousand cars, 3,000 scooters and 36 thousand bikes: these are the numbers for sharing mobility nowadays, for a total of 50 million rides in the current year, with an increase of 52% compared to 2018. Not to mention the new decree on micromobolity which promotes the use of electric scooters, hoverboards, segways, and monowheels.

Sharing mobility keeps growing in Italy. Sharing cars, motorbikes and bikes is attracting a growing number of users, allowing a further increase in the number of vehicles and new records of covered kilometers.

Behind the scenes of the bigger players, there’s one that operated in the shadows until now. We’re talking about GreenVulcano (, one of the most active R&D labs in the “hi-tech made in Italy” – with more than 100 employees and a solid, 20-year-old experience.

With offices in Rome, Milan, Naples, and Boston, it is GreenVulcano that gives an assessment of the Italian situation today, highlighting how the Italian sharing mobility revolution is taking place with numbers in line with the best global trends.

Today, we have 12 thousand sharing cars, 3,000 scooters, and 36 thousand bikes, for a total of 50 million rides within the current year – 52% more than 2018 – with a portfolio increasingly becoming greener, thanks to the increment of electric vehicles (today, 48% of the total fleet) and to lighter and less bulky vehicles” the experts of GreenVulcano argue, who have worked in the field of innovation technology for more that 20 years, with a strong inclination to the world of system integration and IoT.

Rome, Milan, Turin, and Bologna have the best portfolio of vehicles available per inhabitant and number of rentals. While on the Islands, Cagliari and Palermo are on the rise. But the distribution of sharing mobility in Italy is not homogeneous yet.

GreenVulcano’s goal? “To bring in every Italian city a new, highly technological mobility, people-oriented and with a low environmental footprint” tells us Ciro Romano, co-founder and CEO of GreenVulcano.

On-demand cars, car sharing, bike sharing, cooperative mobility: it’s safe to say that the way we ride across the city is changing thanks to technologies made in Italy too.

Among GreenVulcano’s customers – for instance – there are global giants such as ALD Automotive, of the Société Générale Group, leader in the field of long-term rental in more than 42 countries. And so is The Hurry, in the same market segment.

Moreover, in other fields of mobility, GreenVulcano works with its algorithms with companies such as Octo Telematics – active in Italy too, but especially in the US – whose services, based on technologies specially made by GreenVulcano, are purchased by big insurance companies to assess the risks related to drivers, the insured’s profile, and the customization of third-party motor liability insurances.

We also help truck drivers in 96 countries get safely back home every day” says the representatives of GreenVulcano. Indeed, among GreenVulcano’s customers there’s eDrivingSM, a leader in the field – especially in the US and the UK – whose mission is precisely to help more than a million truck drivers to decrease crashes and accidents.

The heart of the Artificial Intelligence system is called “Gaia”. It’s the latest evolution of the open-source enterprise service bus (ESB) GreenVulcano designed to go past the traditional approach of SOA architecture, towards a more innovative mindset in regards to enterprise application integration (EAI).

In our latest version, we worked on the miniaturization of the product, so as to use it in cloud contexts on architectures and microservices as Docker and Kubernetes – the two most widespread tools for containerization – and to deploy Gaia ESB in the Edge stratum of IoT architecturesMr. Romano explains.“However, there’s still much to do on Gaia’s roadmap. For instance, the availablity of a product such as ‘iPaas’, with a pay-per-use service model” concludes the chairperson.