Yokohama launches electric car-sharing service, will expand to guided city tours


The Choimobi Yokohama round-trip car sharing service launches in Yokohama, Japan. Image: Nissan via AFP Relaxnews

“Choimobi Yokohama” is a new round-trip car rental service that will let anyone with a driver’s license, credit card and smartphone borrow a compact electric city car.

The new service, which officially launches on Friday, uses Nissan’s ultra-compact New Mobility Concept cars that are based on the Renault Twizzy. The car uses a one-plus-one seating arrangement so that it is just half the width of even the average city car.

Similar to schemes operating in cities such as Paris, for Choimobi Yokohama, the cars will be available at a host of locations near Yokohama Station, where they can be collected and returned. A flat fee is charged for using the service and then a further 250-yen per 15-minute charge will be levied.

Cars can be reserved with just 30 minutes’ notice and can be driven anywhere within the city limits.

Once up and running, the service will expand to offer visitors guided tours of the city. JB

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