A new carsharing service based around Nissan’s all-electric New Mobility Concept vehicles has launched in the City of Yokohama in Japan, according to a new press release from Nissan.
The news follows on the successful completion of a 2-year trial of a one-way carsharing service pilot using ultra-compact electric vehicles supplied by Nissan that began in October 2013 (in Yokohama). Following the beginning of that trial, Nissan began renting the electric vehicles to local businesses and tour operators.
The new service — dubbed Choimobi Yokohama — is a round-trip carsharing service, not a one-way service like the pilot was. I guess that one-way carsharing services are more trouble than they are worth to run?
The new service allows users who register online (here) to pickup and return Nissan’s ultra-compact electric vehicles (EVs) at 14 different locations centered around Yokohama Station. Units can be reserved as as soon as 30 minutes in advance, and can only be driven within the city itself. The vehicles are clearly a Nissan version of the Renault Twizy.
The press release provides more: “The service costs 250 yen per 15 minutes plus a 200 yen basic charge, with a maximum daily charge of 3,000 yen. Users need a Japanese driver’s license, a smartphone, and a Japan-issued credit card.”
The service — which will initially comprise 25 units — will run through March 2019. Presumably, if things go well enough, then service will be extended or expanded before or by that date.
The pickup and dropoff locations for the service are:
- Bay Quarter Yokohama
- Yokohama Mitsui Building
- Nissan Global Headquarters
- Yokohama i-Mark Place
- MinatoMirai Grand Central Tower
- Yokohama Museum of Art
- Mark IS Minatomirai
- Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
- Yokohama Landmark Tower
- Colette Mare
- Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal
- Yokohama City Hall
- Yamashita Park parking lot
- Yokohama City Vocational Development Center
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