BMW’s car-sharing subsidiary DriveNow has significantly expanded its zero emissions fleet in San Francisco to include 80 new electric BMW 1 Series models.
It takes the total number of BMW AcitveE cars, as they are known, on the streets of the city to 150. The electric coupés were previously leased by members of BMW’s ‘Electronaut’ trials, which were decisive in bringing the new i3 megacity car to market.
The cars, which have a range of between 80 and 100 miles, will be located at 11 public charging stations around the city and have to be dropped off in a specified zone after use. Attempt to end a reservation in a non-sanctioned space and the car will alert the driver before guiding them elsewhere.
DriveNow isn’t the only car-sharing company in San Francisco – zipcar also operates in the city – but it is only one (to our knowledge) that offers electric cars. Members pay a one-off $39 sign-up fee and renting costs $12 for the first half-hour of driving followed by 32 cents per minute. The car can be located through the DriveNow app, which also directs drivers to free charge points.
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