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Electric car sharing service launches in Japan

A round-trip car sharing service using ultra-compact electric vehicles has launched in Japan.

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The ultra-compact electric vehicle car-sharing service is run in association with Nissan.

Run in partnership between the City of Yokohama and Nissan following a two-year trial, the ‘Choimobi Yokohama’ service enables members to pick up and return cars in 14 locations around Yokohama Station. Cars can be reserved 30 minutes in advance and can be driven within the city.

Essentially a rebadged Renault Twizy, the Nissan New Mobility Concept is a two-seater electric vehicle sold in markets including the US and Japan.

The Choimobi Yokohama service costs 250 yen per 15 minutes plus a 200-yen basic charge, with a maximum daily charge of 3,000 yen. Users need a Japanese driver’s license, a smartphone and a Japan-issued credit card. Registration is available on the Choimobi website: https://nissan-rentacar.com/choimobi-yokohama/.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.