In Montreal, green transportation is a big deal, and the city is embarking on a plan to make it even bigger. Mayor Denis Coderre is pushing for an electric vehicle sharing program to be launched in the city of 1.6 million, with a goal of 250 cars in the following year and up to 1,000 by the year 2020. The mayor’s new plan is part of a larger effort to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years.
Electric car sharing already exists in Montreal, but the current leading provider, Communauto (which is based in Montreal), has just 40 electric cars in their fleet and will add another 20 by summertime. The mayor’s plan to amp up the EV presence in Montreal will include granting parking permits to vehicles in the car-sharing program, making it even easier for travelers to get around the bustling city in their borrowed wheels.
Over the course of the next five years, Montreal’s leaders have ambitious plans to cut the city’s carbon emissions by 30 percent. An electric car sharing program of this scale would push the envelope, demanding the install of substantial infrastructure to support so many EVs. The mayor announced that the city plans to install a number of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city to support the car-sharing program, but he also said those charging stations would be available for use by anyone in the city with an electric vehicle, becoming part of the city’s overall green efforts.