MONTREAL, QC- Communauto, a car-sharing pioneer in North America, will move forward with the City of Montreal pilot project after receiving confirmation that its users will have access to a sufficient number of spaces to release their electric vehicle in Ville-Marie. In total, approximately 115 on-street parking distributed in about fifty drop points will be made available to electric vehicle car-sharing drivers.
Communauto’s fleet of vehicles already has 120 electric vehicles, of which 85 have been labelled Auto-mobile (free-floating without reservation), making it the second-largest self-service electric vehicle fleet in the Americas.
“Communauto has always decided to take the risk of innovating and this is what we are committed to do by electrifying part of our fleet of vehicles and integrating our two offers, with and without reservations, for the greatest pleasure of our users who benefit from the best of both worlds,” said Benoit Robert, CEO of Communauto. For this reason, Communauto’s overall offer will also be increased.
Over the next few weeks, approximately 300 new cars will be brought into service in Canada (Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax) and in France. 220 of these vehicles (models with hybrid engines) are destined for the Quebec market. In the province, the offer will increase from 1,750 to nearly 2,000 vehicles.
From this number, 75 vehicles are destined for the free floating without reservation service, Auto-mobile, which will total 630 vehicles. This addition will make it possible to maintain the abundance of the offer despite the extension of the service area with the addition of the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough of the Saint-Michel sector. The Ahuntsic and Saint-Laurent boroughs are also part of the expansion areas desired by Communauto.
The 145 other vehicles that will be put into service will be used to improve the offer with a reservation now deploying in a dense network of nearly 500 stations located in the heart of the districts served. Communauto continues to build on its traditional offering with the opening of nearly twenty new stations in the cities of Montreal, Quebec City, Longueuil, Laval, Gatineau and Sherbrooke.
In Montreal, stations will be added in the CAte-St-Luc, Cartierville, Notre-Dame-de-GrAce, A�le-des-Sœurs, Hochelaga and Montreal-Nord sectors.
On the South Shore, Communauto plans to open stations in Brossard (Mail Champlain) and Longueuil (OMHL); In Laval, two stations will be added to the network, one of which will be part of the Urbania real estate development project.
In Quebec City, new stations will be created in the St-Sauveur neighborhoods, Vieux-Limoilou, St-Roch, Montcalm and Vanier.
In Gatineau, in the Hull island sector, and in Sherbrooke, in the Fleurimont and Jacques-Cartier sectors.
Highlights of Communauto’s 2017 Development Plan
Development of the offer without reservation Auto-mobile:
The total number of Auto-mobile is increased to 630 of which 85 (14%) are 100% electric
Opening of 50 exclusive drop-off points for electric cars in Ville-Marie borough in Montreal
Development of the offer with reservation:
Communauto is continuing to build on its traditional offer with reservations, with the opening of nearly 20 stations to reach its subscribers in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Brossard and Longueuil
300 vehicles added including 275 in Canada and 220 in Quebec
For its entire range, in Quebec, Communauto’s fleet went from 1750 to nearly 2000 vehicles, 120 of which were 100% electric and 1,300 hybrid engines. 72% of the park will now be hybrid or 100% electric.
With its 22 years of existence, Communauto is a pioneer of car-sharing in North America. The social, environmental and urban development company offers two car-sharing services (Free floating and station based) and shares of its 2,000 vehicles. It has the largest fleet of free-floating electric vehicles in Canada. Communauto’s network is present in Quebec (Montreal, Quebec, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Sherbrooke) in Nova Scotia (Halifax), Ontario (Ottawa, Kingston) and France (Paris).