MONTREAL, May 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Communauto and the
Plateau-Mont-Royal announced the launch of a pilot project introducing
a one-way carsharing fleet of some twenty 100% electric vehicles. The
goal of the project, located on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, is to evaluate
the benefits and impacts of such a service.
This research will be led by the Montreal Polytechnique Mobilité Chair
researchers and relies on the collaboration of Taxi Diamond, with whom
it will be possible to compare the behavioural effects of the service
« Communauto is convinced that a considerable amount of data on the
impact and benefits of a one-way carsharing system is still unknown.
The Auto-mobile project aims to clarify these uncertainties and to contribute
positively to the public consultation announced by the City of Montreal
on the subject. We will share the results with the other stakeholders
involved, such as the taxi industry and the transit organisations.
Choosing 100% electric vehicles also brings a certain relevance to the
project," said Mr. Benoît Robert, president and CEO of Communauto.
Mr. Luc Ferrandez, mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, took this
opportunity to announce two measures designed to encourage carsharing,
an already prevalent practice in the borough.
The first measure is the creation of 150 new on-street parking spaces
reserved to Communauto vehicles by the end of 2014, half of which for
this year. These spaces will allow Plateau residents to have access to
more Communauto vehicles. Thus increasing the convenience of the
carsharing service, whose benefits are important in a central and
densely populated area like the Plateau. (Presently, Communauto has 17
reserved on-street spaces on the Plateau and annually pays $1035 plus
tax per space. Similar pricing is intended for the new spaces.)
The second measure is the creation of a universal parking permit
allowing carsharing users to park the shared vehicles in residents-only
reserved zones (SRRR). "Remember that the borough has significantly
increased the number of SRRR spaces in the busiest areas," said Mr.
Ferrandez. "In addition, carsharing users have no incentive to leave
the vehicles in their possession stationary for extended periods of
As it is already the case for commercial and delivery vehicles,
carsharing vehicles without a universal parking permit will continue to
take advantage of the right to be parked in SRRR areas for up to 60
"For the electric vehicle as well for the shared car, all components of
the solution have been put in place. The time has come to take a great
leap forward. It is only fitting that it's happening on the Plateau,"
said M. Ferrandez.
Auto-mobile: how does it work?
Starting mid-June, interested individuals and Communauto subscribers
will be able to subscribe online to use this new service.
The registrants will be able to find the closest car using their
Smartphone or the Internet. Once the vehicle has been identified, they
will be able to block it for a few minutes in order to reach it, then
use it immediately to make their way from point A to point B. The
vehicles will be accessible with an OPUS card whose number will have to
be registered with Auto-mobile. Once arrived at destination, they will simply have to park the vehicle
on the street within the Plateau-Mont-Royal boundaries paying close
attention to city regulation, then release it.
Parking will be allowed on all unregulated curbside zones and the
borough will allow parking in residents-only zones during the pilot
project. The users should not park the vehicles in zones where sweeping
operations will take place, nor in metered spaces or private parking
The Auto-mobile subscription will be free during the pilot project. The rate will be of
$0.38/minute, $12/hour and $50/day. The electric vehicles will be
periodically charged by a Communauto team in order to always ensure
good vehicle availability and numerous trips per charge.
Founded in 1994, Communauto is a company with an urban, social and
environmental mission that serves more than 27,000 users thanks to a
fleet of some 1,200 self-service cars, available 24/7, in combination
with public transit and active transportation. Communauto vehicles are
found in more than 390 stations, located in Montréal, the city of
Québec, Gatineau and Sherbrooke. For more information on Communauto and
its service points, visit the website www.communauto.com.
For further information:
For the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough
Attaché politique, bureau des élus
Tél : 514 872-1071
For Communauto inc.
Director, development and public relations
Phone: 514 499-8099 ext. 2119