Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2017
Critical success factors of carsharing and electric carsharing: findings from expert interviews in Continental Europe Kenan Degirmenci* School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, QLD 4000 Brisbane, Australia Email: [email protected]
Sandra Lapin and Michael H. Breitner School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University Hannover, Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany Email: [email protected]
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Abstract: Private car ownership in the context of the ongoing urbanisation is creating challenges concerning environmental pollution, high energy costs, and limited and expensive parking. As a reaction to these negative impacts, companies are developing new transportation alternatives to private car ownership. One alternative is carsharing that provides individuals with cars from a fleet on an as-needed basis. In this regard, electric carsharing presents a suitable approach to sustainable transportation and is predicted to increase in the near future due to the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This paper aims to examine critical success factors of carsharing and electric carsharing services by performing a literature review and evaluating identified factors with expert interviews. For this reason, we conduct expert interviews with carsharing providers, automotive manufacturers, and scholars in the field of carsharing research from Germany, Austria, and France. Keywords: carsharing; electric vehicles; electric carsharing; sustainable transportation; critical success factors; CSFs; Germany; Austria; France. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Degirmenci, K., Lapin, S. and Breitner, M.H. (2017) ‘Critical success factors of carsharing and electric carsharing: findings from expert interviews in Continental Europe’, Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp.294–315. Biographical notes: Kenan Degirmenci is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Management of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He completed his Doctoral studies at the School of Economics and Management of Leibniz University Hannover in Germany where he worked on the research project ‘Showcase electric mobility: think blue e-carsharing’ in cooperation with industry partner Volkswagen AG. Currently, he is working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
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