PSA unleashes 550 electric Free2Move cars in Paris
After Moovin (Renault and Ada), it’s time for PSA to unleash its fleet of shared Free2Move cars in Paris on the ruins of Autolib’. The latter left 150.000 clients orphaned after Paris and the mixed syndicate chairs pulled the plug on Bolloré’s shared electric cars.
Free2Move, PSA’s free-floating car sharing service that debuted in Washington DC (US) in October 2018, is putting 550 fully electric cars in the Paris’ streets, offered at 39 cents a minute or for a monthly subscription of 9,90 euro, lowering the rental cost to 32 cents a minute. Until now, Renault and Ada only have put some 100 cars into service yet.
Showcase for Europe
Like Moovin, the free-floating cars can be traced in the Paris’ streets and opened by a smartphone app. Brigitte Cortehoux, who is directing PSA’s new service, wants to make from Paris a showcase for the rest of France and Europe.
PSA was already experimenting with a similar service in Madrid (Spain) for two years and announced going to implement it in Lisbon (Portugal) and Wuhan (China) too.
Christophe Najdovski, assistant of the Paris’ mayor, Anne Hidalgo, and in charge of mobility, is convinced other players will make their introduction in Paris beginning of 2019. It’s known that Daimler’s Car2Go, which is to be merged with BMW’s DriveNow, has made significant progress in the negotiations.