Communauto, a Canadian car sharing operator, has broken the mold with its just-launched service in Montreal.
Gone are reservations and gone is the requirement of returning a vehicle to the same spot from which users acquired it.
Not Free, But There's No Reservation Required
In Montreal, Communauto is testing out a pilot project, which allows registered users to pick up an electric vehicle without reserving it in advance. Users can then drive the electric wherever they choose before dropping it off at a different location (anywhere you choose, it seems, as long as the vehicle remains within city limits).
It's the ultimate in flexibility, as we see it.
Some 20 electric vehicles will be available for registered users.
Here's the pricing breakdown:
- $0.38 per minute
- $12 per hour
- $50 a day
We see this as how car sharing is supposed to work. So, let's hope it actually works.