City CarShare Adding Electric-Drive Models

All-electric, plug-in and traditional hybrids will now make up 44 percent of City CarShare's fleet.

Published: 28-Nov-2012

City CarShare, the Bay Area’s first car-sharing operation, and the only one that’s not in business to turn a profit, is an electrifying enterprise.

That’s a reference not only to City CarShare’s status as a trendsetter in the region and the car-sharing industry, but to the fact that the organization has been adding more and more all-electric or hybrid vehicles to its fleet.

With the addition of two all-electric Ford Focuses (Foci?) coming Wednesday, City CarShare will offer its members access to 18 plug-in vehicles (five all-electric and 13 plug-in hybrids), plus 160 traditional hybrids. Together, they make up about 44 percent of the fleet, rapidly closing in on the group’s goal of having half of its fleet electric or hybrid vehicles.


EDAG Light Car Carshare Concept Vehicle

EDAG's third concept electric vehicle, the Light Car, would have range of around 90 miles and a top speed of 87mph, both of which are more than adequate for a city environment.

Shanghai Auto Industry Corp E1 electric car concept.

The service will provide 100 electric cars at rental stations located at some local government offices, universities, residential compounds, office buildings, shopping malls and metro stations.

Bharani Kumar Catna electric car design for carshare clubs.

Coventry University designer Bharani Catna envisions an electric car that can be wirelessly charged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes


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