Ambitious Multi-Modal Program Includes Two EV Models
Toyota is talking up a complex and ambitious plan to improve urban transport, cutting the costs and hassles and time consumed by commuting by tying together mass transit and shared electric vehicles.
The project, dubbed Citélib by Ha:mo (free city by harmonious mobility) will involve deployment of 70 of Toyota’s “i-Road” and “Coms” ultra-compact electric vehicles in the French mountain city of Grenoble. They will be offered by the car-share basis operator Citélib, their availability coordinated with mass transit line schedules to give commuters “last mile” lift on their way to work.
Charging will be accomplished at approximately 30 new stations managed by Sodetrel (part of the EDF Group, Électricité de France) and located close to public transport stops.
In addition to the battery vehicles, Toyota is contributing a data management system “that will enable the visualization and reservation of the vehicles.” It will integrate with Grenoble’s existing transport IT system to offer route planning with different modes of transport, all from a smartphone.
Toyota’s i-Road is a three-seat EV with Active Lean technology to combine the handling of a motorcycle or a scooter with the comfort and stability of a car (F&F, March 21). Coms is a single-seat, four-wheel EV with a small rear storage compartment.
Citélib by Ha:mo is to start in October but Grenoble residents are invited to enroll in the program now.
Source: Toyota with Fleets & Fuels follow-up