PENTA INVESTMENTS AND 4MOBILITY – FIRST ELECTRIC CARS WITHIN THE CAR SHARING SYSTEM AT THE D48 OFFICE BUILDING
Thanks to the cooperation of Penta Investments and 4Mobility, the newly opened D48 office building in Warsaw offers Poland’s first per-minute electric car rental. Two BMW i3 vehicles will be available for use in October 2017. It is 4Mobility’s 47th car rental base in Warsaw and at the same time their first electric vehicle charging station.
The establishment of cooperation between Penta Investments and 4Mobility confirms that both companies prioritize environmental protection. The location of 4Mobility’s electric car base is not coincidental. D48 is a state-of-the-art class A office building with the floor area of over 26,000 sq m, located in the heart of the office district of Mokotów in Warsaw, at the corner of Domaniewska and Postępu streets. The interior and the surroundings of the building encompass a number of eco-friendly solutions providing the highest level of building efficiency and reduced running costs.
“– We want to contribute to successful reduction of environmental pollution by supporting alternative means of transportation, i.e. electric cars. The office building encompasses car parks for 480 vehicles, including electric vehicle charging stations. For that reason, it seemed natural to provide our tenants with an electric car sharing service in cooperation with 4Mobility. We strongly believe that additional services of that type will make our building even more user-friendly,” said Damian Grzywacz, Country Managing Director Poland at Penta Investments.
“– Polish cities witness more and more green office buildings being constructed and therefore the electric vehicle charging infrastructure expands. Thanks to the cooperation with Penta Investments, we can provide the residents of Warsaw with the first electric cars within our car sharing system. We are sure that our initiative will meet with drivers’ interest and stimulate the industry to further develop electro mobility. There is no doubt that the number of electric cars within 4Mobility’s offer will be consistently increasing. At the moment, there are about 1,000 vehicles of that type registered in Poland, so we still have a lot to make up for, as there are over 2 millions of them around the world with 320,000 charging stations available to drivers,” said Paweł Błaszczak, President of the Management Board at 4Mobility.
Cars powered by electricity keep enjoying quickly growing popularity. It is estimated that in approximately 20 years the number of electric vehicles will exceed the number of those with combustion engines. The reason for the growing interest is threefold reduction in the cost of batteries and sixfold increase of their capacity. The very concept of car sharing allows us to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. According to some calculations, one shared car can substitute even a dozen or so private cars.
4Mobility – company listed on NewConnect – was the first one in Warsaw to launch a self-service car sharing rental. The mission of the company is to provide comprehensive services aimed at the improvement of mobility based on cost transparency and system simplicity. 4Mobility cars are already available in over 40 locations across the city considered landmarks of this modern and dynamically developing capital, such as state-of-the-art office buildings, shopping malls and key traffic junctions (subway, bus and railway stations, airport).
Car sharing – meaning vehicle rental per minute – takes place with the use of an intuitive mobile app, while everything from booking to opening and closing a car can be done with the use of a smart phone. The cars can be rented even only for 15 minutes. Such solutions are very popular among private and business users across Europe, where car rental services are used by over 2.1 m people. It is expected that in 2020 the number of users might increase even up to 15 million.
Penta Investments is a Central European investment group established in 1994. It operates mainly in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail, real estate and media. The Group manages an evergreen fund sustained by its partners, the company's only shareholders. Its portfolio companies provide jobs to more than 32,000 people and reported assets of EUR 8,5 billion in 2016. Penta operates in more than 10 European countries and has offices in Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw.