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Car2Go car sharing launches in Israel port city of Haifa

Renault Zoe HaifaLast week saw the inauguration of a Car2Go car sharing project in the Israel port city of Haifa. The scheme launched with a pool of 40 eco-friendly Renault Zoe cars and has been jointly sponsored by Haifa’s council as part of a drive to ease air pollution levels.

A council spokesperson told media reporters 40 more Zoes would be added to the fleet in early December and another 20 in the New Year. The plan is then to weigh up utilisation figures before possibly doubling the size of the pool to 200 at an unspecified date in the future.

Car2Go will be taking over a total 300 car parking spaces in Haifa and setting up 30 battery charging stations. The all-electric Renault Zoe is capable of 150kms on one full charge. The council representative explained that Car2Go’s car shares are really only suitable for city hires and do not have the capability for long-haul trips.

Figures released by the council showed 2,000 drivers had already downloaded the Car2Go app and subscribed in the first few days after its launch. For the opening two months, the vehicles will be free of charge and afterwards will be charged at a rate of ILS1.2 (£0.26) per minute.

Hirers wishing to take advantage of Car2Go’s car pool need to download the app. Vehicles can only be reserved a maximum of 15 minutes prior to pickup time. The booking comes with details of the collection location. Drop off is at any vacant designated Car2Go parking space in Haifa.

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