Toyota begins ‘car sharing’ service with electric cars in France

Sep

14

2014

Toyota will set up a car hire service in the French Grenoble. Customers can pick up a small electric car at a charging station and then drop off in another charging station. The plan is to introduce a trial.

With Cité lib Toyota wants cheap, short trips offer . Customers can pick up an electric car at a charging station or book a trip with their smartphone. The fleet consists of half of the tricycle i-Road, a small car by Toyota as agile as a scooter. The other half consists of the Auto Body Coms also a small single-seater, but with four wheels.

Sign up for the service costs 25 euros, but then the client only need to deal with. Per quarter The first fifteen minutes will cost 3 euros, the second costs 2 euros, and each following quarter costs 1 euro. After the ride, the customer must deliver the car back to the charging station. Customers with a subscription to public transport in Grenoble receive a discount.

According to Toyota, which Cité lib working with the Japanese company Ha: mo, it is a trial that lasts three years. Starting next month, the ‘car sharing’ service should be available. It is unclear whether there are plans for expansion to other countries. Previously, a similar service has already been tested in Japan. The concept is similar to existing car-sharing services such as car2go and “bike sharing ‘services that already exist in many cities.

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