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Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal

Posted By Taz Loomans On June 28, 2013 @ 11:27 am In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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Communauto [2], the oldest car sharing service in North America, has introduced a 100% electric one-way car sharing pilot program in the Montreal borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal called Auto-mobile. One-way car sharing allows users to pick up a vehicle at one point and take it another destination without having to return it. Twenty vehicles will be introduced to the borough for one-way car sharing. The reason behind the pilot program is to analyze the benefits and impacts of one-way car sharing and if the program proves successful, more vehicles will be added to the fleet.


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Benoit Robert, CEO of Communauto, says one-way car sharing is meant to be supplementary and not in competition with existing sustainable modes of transportation like taxis, the STM (public transit), BIXI (bike sharing [4]) and car sharing with reservation. In fact, Communauto subscribers can use their transit card, the OPUS, to register for the car sharing system. Once registered with Auto-mobile, subscribers can swipe their transit card on the vehicle and take it away. People can use the Communauto website [5] to locate a nearby vehicle. Soon, even people who are not subscribers of Communauto will be able to take advantage of the Auto-mobile service.

The borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal is thrilled to have been chosen for the pilot project, so much so that they are offering a universal parking permit for all Auto-mobile electric vehicles [6]. This means that users can park in any legal parking space in the borough for free. But besides free parking, Communauto will cost subscribers 38 cents a minute or $12 an hour, with a $50 per day option. There is a discount rate good until July 5th of 10 cents a minute or $6 an hour.

+ Communauto [2]

Via Clean Technica [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/communauto-introduces-100-electric-car-sharing-service-in-montreal/communauto1/

[2] Communauto: http://www.communauto.com

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/communauto-introduces-100-electric-car-sharing-service-in-montreal/communauto2/

[4] bike sharing: http://inhabitat.com/san-francisco-to-launch-bike-sharing-pilot-program-this-summer/

[5] website: http://www.communauto.com/ou_ENG.html

[6] electric vehicles: http://inhabitat.com/ooh-la-la-french-ev-car-sharing-service-autolib-to-set-up-shop-in-indianapolis/

[7] Clean Technica: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/06/25/communauto-all-electric-carsharing-program-charges-up-in-montreal/

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