Communauto has recently introduced a one-way car sharing program that will debut in Montreal, Canada. The fleet of 20 cars is 100% electric and will initially be launched in the borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
The pilot program will analyze how feasible EV carsharing really is, and if it does prove to be successful, then more electronic cars will be added later on. Current Communauto members are able to register for the carsharing system using their existing transit card, OPUS.
Users can locate the available vehicles using a website and to pick up the car and drive it away, users can simply swipe the card on the car. The service will cost 38 cents a minute, or $12 an hour and with a daily option of $50. One of the great things about the service is that drivers are able to park in any legal parking space in the borough for free.
Benoit Robert, CEO of Communauto, commented that:
We believe such a system should be positioned as to complement the existing service offer for short trips rather than placing it in competition with other sustainable transportation actors such as taxis, the STM, BIXI and carsharing with reservation.