GreenGo Chooses ATOM Mobility To Power Electric Car-Sharing

GreenGo Chooses ATOM Mobility To Power Its Electric Car-Sharing Business

Peter Mraz, GreenGo's Manager, shares how he found the perfect partner in ATOM Mobility:

“We spent two years developing a car-sharing app in-house. And even after all our efforts it still wasn't half as good as ATOM Mobility's platform.”

There is a green electric car with the words "GreenGo" written on the side. It's parked next to a modern building with a lot of glass windows which reflect the lights of the city.
GreenGo carved out its market share by leveraging a strategic partnership with Slovenian Railways

Launch date: May 2021
Country: Slovenia, operates in 4 cities
Web page: https://greengo.city
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/greengo-by-t2/id1618782932
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greengo.app 

GreenGo is a green vehicle-sharing company based in Slovenia that currently focuses on electric cars.

The company’s story is unique in that it’s a project that spun out from its parent company T-2, d.o.o., a local telecom provider with over 400 employees. T-2’s owner was enthusiastic about green mobility and set out to bring his vision to life – and succeeded. Today, you can find GreenGo’s Renault Zoes and Twingos, Cupra Borns, and VW ID.3s in four cities – Ljubljana, Kranj, Trzin, and Logatec.

However, the man who’s running the show is Peter Mraz, GreenGo’s Manager. While he does enjoy access to the parent company’s resources, Peter is single-handedly overseeing the entire project and responsible for its success.

Peter Mraz, GreenGo's Manager said:

“I do have backup from designers, legal, accounting and so on. And there are maybe 3-4 people who help manage the cars and maintenance. Everything else – it's on me. Thanks to ATOM Mobility, I have been able to manage everything from project start to launch pretty much on my own.”

There is a green electric car with the words "GreenGo" written on the side. Its parked outside a modern shopping centre and there is a woman in pink walking towards it

GreenGo’s Early Challenges

Orginally, the idea was to develop the GreenGo car-sharing app in-house – a decision Peter grew to regret.

Peter continues:

“It took us two years to develop the app. Even then, it did the job, but it wasn't perfect and it didn't quite go the way we wanted it to. And even after all our efforts it still wasn't half as good as ATOM Mobility's platform.”

Indeed, this ongoing struggle pushed GreenGo to explore alternative options on the market and, after some market research, they landed on ATOM Mobility. ATOM Mobility ticked their two most important checkboxes – it offered the core functionalities they required and offered fast time-to-market.

Peter:

“Once we made the switch, we launched in 3 months, though we did already have the cars at the ready, which certainly helped.”

Admittedly, ATOM Mobility didn’t immediately fulfil all their needs.

Peter:

“We had a very specific vision and requirements. ATOM Mobility was great, but didn't have everything we wanted when we started out. But the platform is evolving quickly. Their team develops something new every 2-3 months and it's very good for us. Since they develop for other companies, too, we also benefit from the updates. Now, ATOM Mobility has everything we need and more.”

Still, early on, GreenGo were facing an uphill battle with fierce competition. Slovenia already had one high-profile electric car-sharing company that had established itself in the market, had more experience, and was well-respected among its customers and the general public.

What was GreenGo’s strategy for finding a foothold in the ecosystem?

A Brilliant Idea for Entering a Busy Market

GreenGo carved out its market share by leveraging a strategic partnership with Slovenian Railways.

Peter explains:

“You see, a lot of tourists arrive in Ljubljana and other cities by train. Either internationally or from the airport. So we started off by placing our vehicles in railway stations, allowing us to be the easy choice top of mind for anyone arriving in the city.”

To further improve convenience for potential customers, GreenGo integrated ATOM Mobility with a local MaaS platform. This allowed people to purchase credits for GreenGo’s car-sharing app through the city’s own mobility solution.

Not only did this solidify GreenGo as the most accessible solution for any tourist who used the city’s app to buy a train ticket, it also connected it to all the local residents that use the city’s mobility app in their day-to-day.

Now, you’ll find GreenGo in four cities and their customers love them, as suggested by the high app ratings and continuous positive feedback.

In most of the cities, they’re using a station based model – where the cars need to be picked up and returned at certain points. However, in the capital they’re currently running a hybrid model featuring both free-floating and station-based vehicle sharing.

GreenGo expects to have to switch to a fully station-based model in Ljubljana, too, as the city is pulling the brakes on free-floating vehicle sharing. But they’re not too fussed, as this model is easier to manage and can be a better choice for a still-up-and-coming company.

We see a persons legs from the knee down - they are wearing blue cropped jeans and white sneakers. The person is standing on a green electric scooter with the "GreenGo" logo written on the side

Looking to the Future – More Vehicle Types and a Focus on B2B

As any company, GreenGo is eyeing growth and expansion.

Peter highlights:

“Our vision is to become a leading force in the sharing economy.”

Expanding their fleet with different types of vehicles, specifically – electric micromobility solutions – is one of the avenues GreenGo is exploring.

In terms of business development, GreenGo has an interesting strategy for the upcoming year, namely, focusing on expanding into the business-to-business (B2B) segment with corporate sharing schemes.

Peter says when referring to a corporate sharing scheme they launched with their very own parent company:

“With B2C, you need a lot of cars, a lot of investment. Electric vehicles are very capital intensive, which poses challenges for a growing company. B2B offers the opportunity to make the maximum from your existing fleet, which will allow B2C expansion later on. Plus, we already have a sort of successful B2B pilot project under our belts,”

They made four cars available to T-2 employees, which they can take out under certain conditions and packages for a few hours, a day, or a weekend. This sharing scheme proved to be very popular among employees, and Peter is certain other large companies will also be keen to test out this modern benefit for their workers.

With some ups and downs, GreenGo is steadily carving out its spot in the market.

What would Peter do differently if he had to do it all over again? 

Peter responds:

“Choose ATOM Mobility from day 1 and save everyone a lot of headaches and resources. But, seriously, the time-to-market is so fast, I think you could launch a mobility company from zero in one month.”

This article was originally published by ATOM Mobility.

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