Toyota’s electric i-Road three wheeler
is shaping up as the ideal combination of the best attributes of a motorcycle (maneuverability, lightweight, narrow track, small footprint, low energy consumption, fun) and a car (weather-proof, safe, stable, easy to use) and trials have now begun in Japan using the i-Road in Toyota’s Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project. The i-Road trials will be extended to France later this year when Toyota participates in a vehicle-sharing trial in Grenoble.
London's "Boris Bike" cycle hire scheme has been a huge success since its launch in 2010. Now, a French billionaire has announced plans to roll out a hire scheme for electric cars in the capital.
Leveraging NFC technology to turn smartphones into keys is an idea that's gaining ground, not just for home access
but for cars
as well. With this and more in mind, automotive supplier Continental has begun testing a smartphone app enabling real-time centralized control for access to, and charging of, electric vehicle fleets. The system is aimed squarely at the fast-growing consumer segment of member-based car-sharing
schemes, as well as corporate and government electric car fleets.
Two seats, limited parking and a gas engine too much? Then worry no longer inner-city traveler, thanks to Innovative Mobility Automobile's single-seat electric Colibri, parking opportunities just doubled.
Last February, we reported on the Hiriko Fold
electric car. The product of MIT's CityCar project, along with Denokinn (the Basque Center for Innovation) and a consortium of Spanish businesses, the tiny vehicle can actually tuck its rear end beneath its chassis – this allows it to fit into even the smallest of parking spaces. Recently, it was announced that a fleet of the cars will be used in a car-sharing program in Berlin.
Automobile systems manufacturer Visteon has unveiled its Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car, designed to showcase some of the company’s visions for mobility technology in the year 2020. Car-sharing will apparently be much more prevalent by then, as many of the car’s features are centered around allowing multiple users to adapt it to their liking.
Want to make some money off that OnStar-equipped Cadillac of yours, that sits unused all day? Thanks to a new partnership between GM and RelayRides, you can now rent it out!
Daimler-owned car sharing scheme car2go has announced it is to expand its area of operation into three new North American cities in the coming weeks - Toronto, Calgary and Miami. The new cities will join existing programs in Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Canada and the United States.
Renault has announced that it is to trial a car-sharing scheme, Twizy Way, that will see a fleet of 50 Renault Twizys take to the streets of the French new town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
car2go, the car-sharing service that began in Ulm
, Germany in 2008 before spreading to Austin
, Texas, Hamburg
, Germany and Vancouver
, Canada, has now announced it will launch a service in San Diego that will be the first car-sharing program in North America with a 100 percent electric vehicle fleet. The San Diego car2go program is due to start operations before the end of 2011 with 300 smart fortwo electric drive