Modo carsharing fleet has first electric vehicle

Modo's Fleet + Operations Manager, Douglas Dunn, is proud to share Western Canada's first electric carsharing vehicle. (CNW Group/Modo The Car Co-op).

Modo The Car Co-op added its first fully electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet —- a first for carsharing in Western Canada.

The not-for-profit carsharing organization offered the EV to its members once it could confirm that a parking spot with charging infrastructure would be available.

The City of Vancouver offered Modo a spot with EV charging capacity at a City-owned EasyPark parking lot (453 West 10th Ave., north of City Hall) where an EV public charging pilot is currently underway.

Carsharing fits into the City’s Greenest City goals: every carsharing vehicle removes between 4 and 30 vehicles from the road, depending on the study. An electricity-fuelled vehicle shared by many people further reduces the climate impact from driving cars.

In a news release, Modo says it was grateful to have such strong collaboration with the City of Vancouver towards carsharing. “The City has been supportive from the start,” says Douglas Dunn, Modo’s Fleet and Operations Manager. “From offering advice on different EV models to providing the parking spot for our first EV, staff at the City have shown how committed they are to achieving their Greenest City targets.”

The EV, a 2012 Nissan LEAF, is now available to be booked by all Modo members.

Modo The Car Co-op is a not-for-profit, member-owned co-operative. Its fleet of about 250 cars is shared by over 8,000 members.

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