1 The man for the inner values
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Mora got pigeon shit. With Rita, someone has an empty bottle
let lie. "That's the way it is," says András Karpacsev-Illiev, giving in to the pigeonhole
pick up the empty bottle. Mora and Rita are cars, more precisely: cars from the
DriveNow fleet, which can be rented at short notice for a fee. Especially in
Larger cities use more and more people the so-called car sharing without fixed stations.
And Karpacsev-Illiev is one of those who make sure the cars are clean
The container for the window cleaning fluid is filled up that the cars in the
Workshop come when they have a bump.
DriveNow in Germany
Source: TIME graph: DriveNow © Alexej Schurkin for DIE ZEIT
Just like booking a car sharing car – no matter which provider – via an app
András Karpacsev-Illiev organizes his job via his smartphone. On
Friday morning in late September, Karpacsev-Illiev still drinks a quick coffee while he
waiting for orders from the DriveNow headquarters three kilometers away. On this day
his field of application will be the main station in Berlin or the streets around it
around. There are also Mora and Rita.
Volkswagen plans 1,500 electric cars in Berlin alone DriveNow, which belongs to BMW, has no own employees to clean the cars – the
take care of service providers. In Berlin, for example, DriveNow works with two such
Company together, arwe group and Cleen up. In the latter case, Karpacsev-Illiev is considered
Hired team manager.
There is a lot going on in the carsharing market right now. Car2go, which belongs to Daimler, and DriveNow
merged recently. If the EU Commission gives its consent, that means only for
Berlin: a total of 2500 vehicles, the previous clientele of half a million to
To be available. Volkswagen plans to launch 1,500 electric cars in Berlin next year
offer, more cities are to follow.
The companies like to talk about these numbers. When it comes to what's behind, so how
this system works in detail, the most silent. Car2go has a press request
back, DriveNow initially loads only in the Berlin office – where indeed the orders for cleaning
and refueling and maintenance and re-parking will be forgiven, but not a single vehicle cleaned
becomes. After much deliberation, the company and the service provider agree: one may
This article is from TIME no. 42/2018. Here you can read the entire issue.
Not to neglect: the rims In the head you always have these stories of vollgekotzten seat cushions. From drunks who
have seen the lamppost too late. Of wild sex in the rented car. Karpacsev-Illiev
says: "Most complicated to clean are floor mats with dog and cat hair
on the windows. "Did somebody really throw themselves on a seat or stick somewhere?
Blood, in DriveNow's jargon, means "cleaning (special)," and that may be Karpacsev-Illiev
not do. Because Karpacsev-Illiev cleans the cars while they are somewhere in the urban area
He has his cleaning utensils in a black training bag this morning:
Detergent, brush, hand vacuum, rags, a small can of disc fluid.
The interior he first looks after is divided into several areas:
Priority is the driver area, then comes the passenger area, then the back seat. Before
Karpacsev-Illiev starts, he photographs the car: from the outside, from the inside and, very much
important, the rims.