Nissan have launched a new car sharing service in the city of Yokohama, Japan.
The vehicle utilised is the Nissan New Mobility Concept, an extremely compact electric vehicle based on the Renault Twizy and unlike the previous two-year trial conducted by Nissan, this is a round-trip service.
Users will have to register online, have a valid driver’s license, a smartphone, and a Japan-issued credit card before being able to drive the little EV within Yokohama. They will be able to reserve a car 30 minutes in advance and then be be able to pick up and later return the cars in 14 locations around Yokohama Station.
The automaker is charging 250 yen per 15 minutes, plus a 200 yen basic charge for this service, which equals to R28.20 and R22.55 respectively, at the current exchange rates. The maximum daily charge is 3 000 yen (R338.26).
“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 program”, Nissan writes.