Amsterdam has a total of 17 eHUBS, with 811 shared LEV’s (of which 119 are from Cargoroo and 62 from Urbee) and 613 EV’s. Since October, the eHUBS team in Amsterdam has been busy launching the last couple of eHUBS. Out of these 7 eHUBS, three are situated in Amsterdam Science Park and are realized in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Three other eHUBs are situated in Amsterdam-West, nearby the location where a neighborhood event was organized. The last remaining eHUB is situated in Watergraafsmeer and is also the first eHUB based on a cooperative sharing scheme, meaning that the neighborhood will organize their own mobility (lease) and share this together. This could provide an interesting use case for policy regarding local non-profit sharing schemes in Amsterdam.
In terms of the use of the eHUBS, it is still difficult to say what the impact has been so far. Since most of the eHUBS are recently implemented, the results are too meagre to aggregate and draw clear conclusions. However, there is a steady increase in the rental of shared LEV’s. This has probably to do with the lift of Covid restrictions and the sunny weather the last couple of weeks. In terms of communication and nudging, the availability of multiple eHUBs, spread throughout Amsterdam, provides an opportunity to inform a wider audience and stimulate behavioral change. That is why a nudging campaign will be implemented, in which the insights gained through the a/b tests will also be applied.
The last couple of months, the eHUBS team has also been focusing on the exchange of knowledge between colleagues from the Amsterdam hubs program, which has recently initiated and will also be part of the WP capitalization (extension of eHUBS project). A great deal of the eHUBS lessons from Amsterdam will be documented in a toolbox that will include all the know-hows, such as methods to engage citizens and the legal framework relevant for hubs. In the coming period, this toolbox will be further developed and shaped. Lastly, preparations have been made for the final conference in June 2022. Since the event organizer and the venue are decided, the next steps will be finalizing the program and inviting all the speakers, moderators and guests.