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Use electric vehicles for car-sharing programs in Montreal: Communauto

Montreal politicians should insist on electric vehicles for one-way car-sharing programs, Communauto said Thursday.

“Be ambitious for Montreal,” company president Benôit Robert said after releasing preliminary data on a pilot project it operated this summer in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

The data indicate that emissions-free electric vehicles are a “potentially viable and financially sound option,” and one that will help make Montreal a showcase for sustainable transportation, he said.

One-way car-sharing programs allow users to pick up a vehicle and drop it off wherever they like within a region of the city. About 20 electric cars were made available in the Plateau for the pilot project.

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Use electric vehicles for car-sharing programs in Montreal: Communauto

Montreal politicians should insist on electric vehicles for one-way car-sharing programs, Communauto said Thursday.

“Be ambitious for Montreal,” company president Benôit Robert said after releasing preliminary data on a pilot project it operated this summer in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

The data indicate that emissions-free electric vehicles are a “potentially viable and financially sound option,” and one that will help make Montreal a showcase for sustainable transportation, he said.

One-way car-sharing programs allow users to pick up a vehicle and drop it off wherever they like within a region of the city. About 20 electric cars were made available in the Plateau for the pilot project.

But competitor car2go, which was not part of the pilot project but has offered its services to the city to operate one-way car-sharing programs, contends that it is too early for Montreal to rely on an electric fleet.

“In order to have a system that works, you need a massive (electric vehicle) infrastructure for it. Montreal is not there yet,” Jérémi Lavoie, general manager of car2go Montreal, said in an interview.

The company, a subsidiary of Daimler, which makes the Mercedes-Benz Smart car, has car-sharing services in Europe and North America, including in Vancouver and Toronto.

In cities where there is a strong electric vehicle infrastructure, such as San Diego and Amsterdam, electric vehicles are used, Lavoie said.

Communauto, a Quebec-based company that has about 29,000 users, also offers the more traditional car-sharing services whereby members can book — then use — gas-fuelled or electric vehicles.

In preparation for Montreal’s pilot project, the Plateau borough made available a “universal” parking vignette for electric vehicles used during the pilot project and created designated on-street parking spots for them, approximately one space per block.

Rates to use the electric cars were set at 38 cents per minute, $12 an hour or $50 a day.

About 45 per cent of those who participated used the cars for shopping trips and 52 per cent made one-way trips, Communauto said Thursday. The average distance travelled was 6.2 kilometres, which means that recharging the vehicles is not an issue, company director Marco Viviani said.

The pilot project showed positive results, Alex Norris, councillor for the borough’s Mile End district, said Thursday.

In urban areas where parking is at a premium, “it’s a huge incentive for people to adopt car-sharing because it is easy to park,” he said.

Next week, councillors of several boroughs will consider adopting “universal” parking vignettes to prepare for one-way car-sharing programs.

Communauto has sent them letters urging them to “raise the bar” and consider limiting the program to electric vehicle fleets.

lmoore@montrealgazette.com

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