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