Renault to put 200 shared electric cars in Amsterdam
French car maker, Renault, is starting a free-floating car sharing service with 200 electric Zoe cars in Amsterdam by January 2019. If the new service – a name has to be chosen yet – is successful, Renault will extend its free-floating fleets to other cities in the Netherlands too.
Renault is already offering car sharing services in Paris, where it plans to offer 2.000 electric vehicles, in Madrid, Oslo, Stockholm and Hamburg. In Amsterdam Renault opts for a free-floating system, making it possible to leave the car behind anywhere the client wants, but will concentrate them around stations for people to easily make the transition.
In Amsterdam today Daimler is offering this kind of service quite some time already with Car2Go, its car sharing service that is to be merged with BMW’s DriveNow if allowed to do so by the European competition authorities. BMW offers DriveNow at the Schiphol airport today.
Hyundai is also present in Amsterdam with a fleet of 100 cars. At Hyundai and Car2Go, users pay between 25 and 31 cents per minute, or rent a car for one or more hours. Prices for the new Renault service are not known yet.
The French car maker will rent out the electric Zoe in Amsterdam. This car has a range of about 300 kilometres and it must be returned to the capital at the end of the ride.
If the service turns out to be successful, other cities in the Netherlands will follow, Renault promises. From that moment on, users can also leave ‘their’ Zoe elsewhere. The manufacturer targets a group of motorists without a private owned car.
40.000 shared cars
The initiative fits in with a trend: the number of shared cars in the Netherlands is growing rapidly. Although the number of vehicles in the city is increasing, shared cars ultimately seem to lead to a decrease in the number of passenger cars. Today there are about 40.000 shared cars available in the Netherlands.