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mejiac
mejiac  
1/2/2014 12:53:12 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
@Pablo,

Thank you for your feedback,

So maybe the program might work the same way bus stops work, you can pick up the car and simply drop off at designated locations.

So in a tourist site, they might make a location the parking lot simply because there's enought traffic to justify it.

And even for students when going to different campuses.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
12/31/2013 12:17:31 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
No more designated parking spots needed
Hello Pablo:

It seems like the notion of attractive parking spots being earmarked for shared cars has already given way to the even more attractive notion of parking the car you just used anywhere at all, which is the Car2Go model (I've a friend who used one to get home from work each day for three days in a row; she wound up with a little fleet in front of her house in NE DC. A fellow Car2Go user picked up one, but Car2Go staff had to come get the others and park them in areas of the city where usage is heavier.) But perhaps this park-anywhere notion can't last, as charging stations for EVs become the norm. Well, if not the norm, anyway, then at last norm-ier :-)

Happy 2014 to you!

 

ryanjackson
ryanjackson  
12/31/2013 8:28:54 AM
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Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
The biggest challenge with most electric cars is simple – getting enough power to run the vehicle takes a while. No matter what chemical composition of the battery, it can only charge so quickly. Electric transmission systems and lines can only deliver so much power at once.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
12/31/2013 8:15:16 AM
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Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
@mejiac, interesting question.. I believe car sharing will work as long as you don't need a car more than two hours. 

If the company has cars in different towns across a metropolitan area it shouldn't be a problem, but one-way rentals may force them to have some balancing system to return cars to the original place.

Rental car companies offer incentives to drive back some cars from popular destinations to the car's original rental facility. A similar rewards program could be offered to drivers willing to drive cars back to the original town or area.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 10:16:32 PM
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Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
The marketing expertise in NYC is probably no accident. It's New York after all, one of the world's  marketing capitals.

Other cities have great marketing savvy in residence too, though; so it puzzles me why they haven't been able to make a better go of bike share. Perhaps one reason is that NYC was able to engage great marketers and build enthusiasm in the wake of success, while some other cities were more apathetic, leading to a downward spiral.

mejiac
mejiac  
12/30/2013 2:12:57 PM
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Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
@Pablo,

Here's a question...what do you think would be the acceptance/succes rate for these types of programs to be succesful in cities where you have to drive some distance to get anywhere?

I mean, in major cities, this is a definite win, but in others where you have to drive on highways for at least 30 minutes to get anywhere, would it have the same level of success? or it might need to tweeking?

Would greatly appreciate your feedback

mejiac
mejiac  
12/30/2013 2:10:38 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
@Mary Jander,

I was not aware of the marketing strategies surrounding the bike share program. Now that I think about, I think it's brilliant!

Not only do you get more exposure for people to start using it, but it also provides incentives for local economy ("drop in on your shared bike, get a free Coffee")

Just brillliant!

mejiac
mejiac  
12/30/2013 2:09:11 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Savings and Sustainable
Excellent article Pablo!

I see this having numerous succesful applications!

I simple example is in the business world. Imagine not having to rent a vehicle, but simply picking one up from the nearest car share site, and going from point A to point B, and parking the car in a designated location... no need for insurance, fees, credit cards on file...simply pick up and go!

For foreigns, this is also a huge benefit, since they'll be able to get out and about with ease.

This I think is a huge leap forward!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/30/2013 11:30:05 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: A great way to introduce electric cars
kq4ym: I hadn't thought about how the cars would be used at the end of their rental life - great point!

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
12/29/2013 8:45:46 PM
User Rank Burgher
Savings and Sustainable
I am impressed and happy with the success of the car sharing program. It would not only save on the environment but also in the pocketbook. I hate paying for car insurance and maintenance. Of course, that depends on the cost of the electric cars per minute and how long you need it. Just imagine we could ride bikes in the summer and electric cars in the winter.

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