Grenoble to Launch Urban Transport System of the Future

City to Introduce Electric-Car Sharing Program with Toyota in October

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 June 2014
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Drivers will soon share French roads with small electric vehicles

Drivers will soon share French roads with small electric vehicles

The city of Grenoble, France will take a giant step into the future this fall, when it begins to offer a new form of personal mobility.  In conjunction with Toyota and EDF, a French electric utility company, and Citélib, a local car-sharing operator, the French Alpine city announced it will introduce 70 ultra-compact electric cars in October that will be connected to the public transport system’s IT infrastructure, along with approximately 30 charging stations throughout the city.

Customers will be able to pick up any of Toyota’s i-Road and Coms vehicles at various locations and drop them off at another.  Toyota is also developing a system that will allow drivers to reserve the cars on their smartphones.

The aim of the new program is to allow drivers to complete the first or last legs of their trips – in conjunction with public transit in many cases – for greater flexibility and to save time.

Toyota’s i-Road cars have three wheels and two seats, while its Coms vehicles have one seat and four wheels. The ultra-compact vehicles vehicles have been adapted for urban driving, the efficient use of parking spaces, and to meet “last mile” mobility needs.

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