Nissan and City of Yokohama Launch Electric Car-Sharing Program

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has announced a one-way car sharing service with the City of Yokohama — the first of its kind in Japan to involve significant use of ultra-compact EVs.

Called “Choimobi Yokohama” (or “easy mobility” in Japanese), this new service starting Oct. 11 will eventually employ up to 100 units of the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT ultra-compact electric vehicle (EV). People who want to participate can apply through the service’s website.

As part of the Yokohama Mobility Project ZERO program (YMPZ), Choimobi Yokohama is a combined effort between Nissan Motor Co. and the City of Yokohama. Located in downtown Yokohama, the EVs can be rented from and returned to any of 45 car pickup/return stations, says Nissan.

According to Nissan, the main objectives of the year-long project are to reduce carbon emissions on public roads, improve the quality of transportation in the city and promote tourism.

Choimobi Yokohama will begin with the use of 30 units of the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT and gradually increase to approximately 100 units. To date, there has been no other car-sharing service in Japan that has used such a high number of ultra-compact EVs for this type of mobility project, says Nissan.

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