Renault announced that it will be launching a ride-hailing and car sharing service in Paris in September. The company is hoping to offer a replacement of Autolib, an electric car sharing service run by Vinvent Bollore’s group, that was recently abandoned by Paris authorities due to disputes.
Renault already has a car sharing service in France — Renault Mobility, as well as, 500 Zoe models running in free float in Madrid. It hopes to have more than 2,000 cars in Paris. According to Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo other companies have also expressed interest in city’s car sharing plans.
Autolib has more than 150,000 users, however the issues with cleanliness, parking, booking and competition from ride-hailing services like Uber has pushed the company into loss.
Volkswagen to launch electric car sharing service
Volkswagen will launch a new electric car sharing service in Germany next year. The company hopes to expand to entire Europe, North America and Asia by 2020. With the new initiative the company hopes to consolidate many mobility services under its WE brand. Which models will be used in the service is yet unknown.
Along with car sharing, automaker has hinted towards other modes of mobility such as scooter sharing, using its newly released I.D. Cityskater and I.D. Streetmate.
Volkswagen already has a strong brand in shared mobility — Moia, which focuses on ride-hailing and shuttle services. The company is also in talks with Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing about cooperation in the mobility space.
Volvo launches M mobility brand
Volvo has launched a new M mobility brand focused on car sharing. According to the CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, this is company’s response to rethinking of traditional car ownership by urban customers.
Volvo didn’t offer many details on the services that would be offered under M, but mentioned that the brand will provide “dependable, on-demand access to cars and services through an intuitive app”.
The new brand will be based on the experience acquired through Volvo-operated car sharing service in Sweden Sunfleet, currently running 1700 cars.