All-electric car sharing service emov to be on the road in Portugal by April 2018
PSA Group’s car-sharing service, emov, will be available in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon by April 2018. The service – the which will be the first of its kind in Lisbon – will have use fleet of 150 Citroen C-Zero EVs.
Emov is a joint venture formed by Free2Move and Eysa in December 2016, when it was launched in Madrid. The service launched with 600 of the same models and has seen more than 160,000 customers since. Electric cars are allowed to park free of charge in Madrid, which is a popular perk for users.
Beyond the city-centre, the four-seater cars can begin or end journeys at the airport, which emov hopes will pull in a greater amount of users – both residents and tourists alike.
The service essentially works by users reserving an electric car through emov’s smartphone app which allows the user to rent an electric car in close proximity for a short period of time.
“In little more than a year, we’ve consolidated the emov service in Madrid,” said chief executive officer of emov Fernando Izquierdo to Groupe PSA. “It’s always been one of our aims to broaden the scope of the project and operate in other domestic and international cities.
“Right now, we’re focusing our efforts on the launch in Lisbon, but we haven’t ruled out the possibility of extending it to another large Spanish city before the end of the year.”
emov also recently announced that it will launch a corporate accounts scheme in Madrid. This will allow employees of larger companies to use the service at discounted rates and could lead to greater use of the service by businesses. It is yet to be known whether this scheme will transfer over to the Lisbon service.
Source: Groupe PSA