Nissan and City of Yokohama Launch “Choimobi Yokohama” EV Sharing Service With 30 New Mobility Concepts (w/video)

4 years ago by Mark Kane 1

Choimobi Yokohama Launch

Choimobi Yokohama Launch

Nissan New Mobility CONCEPTs

Nissan New Mobility CONCEPTs

As announced last month, Nissan, together with City of Yokohama, today held the launch ceremony of “Choimobi Yokohama,” which, according to press release, is Japan’s first one-way car sharing service with a large number of vehicles.

This large number of vehicles means 30 thousand units of Nissan’s New Mobility CONCEPT (which are rebadged Renault Twizys).

“After the kick-off ceremony held in “Bijjutsuno Hiroba” in front of the Yokohama Museum of Art, 30 units of the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT left for downtown Yokohama in front of 150 participants. Yokohama City Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, Suguru Uchida, Deputy Director-General of Kanto District Transport Bureau from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuhiro Kurihara, Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. and Toshiaki Otani, Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. attended the kick-off ceremony.”

After the kick-off ceremony held in “Bijjutsuno Hiroba” in front of the Yokohama Museum of Art, 30 units of the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT left for downtown Yokohama

After the kick-off ceremony held in “Bijjutsuno Hiroba” in front of the Yokohama Museum of Art, 30 units of the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT left for downtown Yokohama

The service will officially start on October 11. Drivers will be able to rent and drop off cars in different locations (currently 45 available), enabling one-way travel.

Nissan Senior Vice President Toshiaki Otani said:

“Nissan has been working on EV and zero emissions as a pillar of our corporate strategy. We are delighted that our efforts have realized Japan’s first ultra-compact car sharing program with a large number of vehicles, and we wish to thank Kanto District Transport Bureau from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the City of Yokohama, Hitachi, Ltd. and all the companies and groups for their supports. We want to create the future of mobility for the world right here in Yokohama where Nissan’s headquarters is based.”

Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT

Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT

Kanako Sahashi, a resident in Yokohama City, who is the first user of this car sharing program, added:

“As Choimobi is compact, it looks easy to drive. It’s also good that it’s a one-way service and I can choose where to get off as there are many stations. We have lots of interesting places and events in Yokohama but when it’s a bit far to get to a place on foot, Choimobi is very useful. With Choimobi, I can enjoy the city much more.”

The numbers of stations and cars should gradually increase to approximately 70 and 100 units in total, respectively.

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One response to "Nissan and City of Yokohama Launch “Choimobi Yokohama” EV Sharing Service With 30 New Mobility Concepts (w/video)"

  1. Turboro says:

    Great to see that the Renault Twizy is now also sold as Nissan. There is no reason to develop anything else, since its really good where it is made for and fun to drive.

    Unfortune you see don’t see in the video that even 2 persons can take place in the Twizy!

    I think this type of transport is ideally in many big asian cities in Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea.