BMW’s DriveNow will stop its carsharing service in the San Francisco Bay Area on Nov. 2.
This joint venture between BMW and Sixt Rent a Car allowed drivers to rent electric BMW ActiveE models by the minute. San Francisco was its only U.S. location.
Problems with parking permit regulations led to DriveNow suspending its SF operation, according to the company.
“Parking permit regulations necessary for one-way car sharing to successfully operate still do not exist,” said a post on DriveNow’s website. “Until the current regulations are amended, we must suspend service. …”
DriveNow plans to reopen in other U.S. cities in the near future.
“We hope to return to San Francisco in the future and will continue to engage with the city on possible solutions that will allow you to experience the full benefits of our one-way car sharing service, “said Richard Steinberg, CEO of DriveNow USA. “In the meantime, we are focusing our efforts on new cities where our transportation solution can flourish.”
For more information, visit https://us.drive-now.com.