Toyota has confirmed it will contribute 70 of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact personal mobility electric vehicles (EVs) to a three-year integrated EV car sharing and public transport scheme that begins this October in Grenoble, France.
The project is called “Citélib by Ha:Mo” and has been brought to life through a partnership between the City of Grenoble, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, EDF Group, Toyota and Citélib, in a move towards ‘urban transport of the future’. It is the first time Toyota’s electric quadricycles will have been tested in Europe.
EDF will supply 30 charging points, which will enable members of the public to make short journeys around the city in a Toyota EV. What’s more, with the help of Citélib, a local car sharing company, drivers will be able to travel one way by dropping the EV at a charge point nearby their destination.
Perhaps the most exciting component of this three-year experiment is that it will be incorporated into Grenobles existing public transport system. This means a connected service that includes a Smartphone app that delivers a travel planner, traffic updates, the ability to reserve vehicles and more.
Grenoble citizens can pre-register for the service already and those who sign up early will receive time credits for future usage.