ROME – Italians more inclined to green mobility, lovers of e-bikes but reject public transport and remain attached to the car. This is the picture, not very comforting, painted by the 18th Audimob report on the mobility of Italians, edited by Isfort in collaboration with Cnel and with the scientific contributions of the technical mission structure of Mims, Agens and Asstra. The study on post-Covid travel habits takes into account all the limitations to mobility that have arisen by decree and the new trends that have emerged with smart working, highlighting how the fleet of electric vehicles is growing rapidly.
The updated data at the end of June 2021 see over 83,463 cars (+ 57% compared to the end of 2020, + 267.2% compared to 2019), 18,635 mopeds (+ 12.3% compared to the end of 2020), 12,471 scooters and motorcycles (+ 32.7%), 8,352 quadricycles (+ 18.2%). The share of registrations of hybrid cars, from February 2021, is higher than the diesel one and Italy is worth the podium in the Old Continent, which is not the case with regard to the sale of plug-in hybrid and 100% electric cars, in which we still remain behind. In practice, more than 12 million Euro 3 cars circulate (almost a third of the total), with petrol and diesel fuels covering over 35 million cars (almost 90% of the total), while hybrids are about 550,000 and electric ones just over 50,000.
The positive data that emerged from the Isfort analysis is that in 2020 registrations the share of electric and hybrid cars reached almost 20% of the total. Sales of bicycles are growing, thanks also to incentives, which, according to Ancma data, in 2020 exceeded two million units, of which 280,000 e-bikes (equal to 14% of the total), and in the first six months of 2021 of e-bikes have already been sold 157,000 (+ 12% compared to 2020). In terms of shared mobility, 2020 saw a 65% growth in the fleet with an available fleet of 85,000 vehicles, an increase almost entirely due to electric scooters (+35,000 vehicles in one year). The report highlights how the car remains the preferred means of transport for Italians, while the bus, starting from 2020, registers a profound crisis with the halving of its modal share (from 10.8% to 5.4%) and the loss of more than 50% of passengers.
The triggering cause of this crisis naturally derives from the rules of distancing, from the fear of contagions and in part also from smart-working that has reduced the mobility of citizens. “The scenario that is likely to emerge for the future – declared Carlo Carminucci, Isfort research director – can and must be countered, as well as the attractive and unsustainable trend of the car (pollution, congestion, accidents) can and must be reversed. “. (maurilio rigo)