Nissan And City Of Yokohama Launch Japan’s First-Ever EV Car Sharing Program (w/video)
Nissan teamed with the City of Yokohama—as part of the Yokohama Mobility Project ZERO program (YMPZ) aimed at increasing low-emission transportation options for residents of the city—to launch Japan’s first-ever one-way car sharing service that utilizes only EVs.
The car sharing service, called “Choimobi Yokohama”, which means “easy mobility” in Japanese, will launch on October 11.
At the start of the program, the service will consist of 45 pickup/return stations that will be located in the downtown core in Yokohama and 30
Renault Twizys NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT electric vehicles. These tiny two-seaters can go up to 80 kph (50 mph).
The numbers of stations and cars should gradually increase to approximately 70 and 100 units in total, respectively.
Usage charge is set at 20 JPY/minute ($0.20/minute), but first you must make sure that you have:
1) Driver must possess a valid Japan driver’s license. This excludes international licenses and driver’s licenses issued outside of Japan
2) Possess a smartphone that can receive e-mails
3) Possess a Japan-issued credit card