Japanese automaker Toyota, the city of Grenoble, the Grenoble-Alpes Metropole and Electricite de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on March 4 to bring an urban electric vehicle (EV) car sharing project in Grenoble (France).
The project is expected to deploy almost 70 ultra-compact Toyota urban EVs in the Grenoble-Alpes Métropole for self-service car sharing. The project will be operated by the Car-sharing company Cité lib where as the Électricité de France (EDF) will install the charging networks.
This project is a part of Toyota’s research program that aims to understand the different types of public and individual transportation in urban areas. This project will include Toyota’s recently unveiled i-Road concept and their COMS ultra-compact vehicles.
Toyota’s i-Road concept, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month is a two-seater, three-wheel prototype vehicle which has a fully sealed cabin and speakers.
Along with this project, Toyota Motor Corp will introduce the One Mile Mobility Management System that enables users to check location and availability of car share vehicles.
This centralized IT management system allows its customers to book EVs through smartphones and features an IC card-based personal identification and payment system, to link the charging stations with public transportation system. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.