Paris: PSA will also launch electric car sharing service
After Renault, PSA will now also set up an electric vehicle sharing fleet to replace to EV sharing programme Autolib in Paris. Under the Free2Move brand, the company will launch a fleet of 550 Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles on the 3rd of December for short term rentals.
The Free2Move subsidiary company in the French capital will be operating in a free-floating concept, which will be managed and coordinated via a smartphone app. Customers can choose between two tariffs, with either 32 cents per minute plus a monthly base fee of €9.90 or 39 cent per minute without the base fee. This also covers insurance and parking fees. Parking is allowed on public parking places, or special EV parking slots, which are mostly former Autolib spots. How large the area of operation will be, has not been revealed by PSA, although the talk has been that the service will also be expanded to include surrounding major cities.
According to Free2Move CEO Brigitte Courtehoux, the service has reached more than 1.5 million customers in less than two years since launching across 12 countries, and a fleet of 65,000 vehicles.
Already in early October, Renault and ADA announced their own electric car sharing service in Paris as well. Their service, called Moov’in Paris, launched with 100 Renault Zoe, and will see more Zoe and Twizy models added to their lineup over the course of the next months. By the end of the year, Renault promises to have 500 sharing vehicles in the French capital. The systems by both Renault and PSA have much in common including the vehicle numbers, as well as the service offers.