Nissan is launching in Japan an all-new car sharing service called e-share mobi, with the next generation LEAF and the series-hybrid Note e-POWER.

2018 Nissan LEAF in Japan

2018 Nissan LEAF in Japan

The service will start on January 15, 2018 in several prefectures (in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara, Wakayama and other) with 30 stations and will be expanded to other regions throughout the nation.

Wide coverage suggests that it will be one of the largest car sharing services around and that it should enable a lot of drivers to experience electric drive.

"With no monthly membership fee, e-share mobi aims to offer unconventional value through peace of mind, ease of use and comfort for customers:

Peace of mind Advanced technologies including Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous driving technology and ProPILOT Park on the Nissan LEAF, and Around View Monitor on both the LEAF and the Note e-POWER, will help support safe driving. Each vehicle will also be equipped with a drive recorder in case of accidents.

Ease of use e-share mobi will charge no monthly membership fee and no additional distance-based fees. This means customers can register without worrying about how often they’ll use the service, or any surprise additions to their total charges. Registered members can also earn discounts at Nissan Rent a Car, and they can use their driver’s license as their membership card, eliminating the need to carry a separate card.

Comfort Daily cleaning will keep the vehicles clean and comfortable. Users can get help with navigation and recommended travel routes from a live operator via phone. Each vehicle features an integrated ETC card to pay for highway tolls. (Usage will incur normal ETC fees.)

e-share mobi is a joint business between Nissan and Nissan Car Rental Solutions Co., Ltd. The service uses Smart Oasis Carsharing, a mobility service platform provided by Nihon Unisys that has a proven track record as a system for car sharing services.

Applications for the service will be accepted from 7 p.m. (JST) today, Dec. 8, at

www.e-sharemobi.com."