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New EV car sharing service launched in Japan

The new service further promotes ultra-compact mobility and builds a sustainable business model through public-private cooperation

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Nissan's new mobility concept in action in Japan
Nissan's new mobility concept in action in Japan

Nissan and the City of Yokohama are to introduce a round-trip car sharing service that features the Nissan New Mobility Concept, its ultra compact electric vehicle.

 

The service known as Choimobi Yokohama, allows users who register online to pick up and return cars in 14 locations around Yokohama Station.

 

Vehicles can be reserved 30 minutes in advance and can be driven within the city. 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 to hold a Japanese driver’s license, a smartphone plus a Japan-issued credit card and registration is available on the Choimobi website.

 

Nissan and the City of Yokohama previously conducted a two-year trial of Japan’s first one-way car sharing service using ultra-compact electric vehicles, back in October 2013. The aim was to encourage low-emission transport options, improve the quality of transportation and promote tourism. In October 2015, the partnership began renting cars to local tour operators and businesses.

 

The new round-trip service is meant to further promote ultra-compact mobility and build a sustainable business model through public-private cooperation. The service will also include guided tours around central Yokohama and long-term car rentals for businesses.

 

Nissan and the City of Yokohama will continue usability and feasibility studies by encouraging various local entities to join the programme.

 

 

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