Victoria is about to get a new car-sharing option

A car sharing company created by BCAA will launch in Victoria, B.C. on August 1 and is encouraging consumers in the area to sign up in advance.

Known as Evo Car Share, the company plans to bring a flexible and environmentally-friendly new option to consumers for getting around Greater Victoria as part of a broader, sustainable transportation network—while also helping to get more vehicles off the road.

“Data shows that every Evo removes an average of nine personal vehicles from the road,” said Dave Wharf, Evo’s Senior Manager of Business Operations. “It’s all about providing choices. Our members typically mix Evo with public transit and more active options such as walking and biking to get around efficiently.”

Members of Evo Car Share will use a smartphone app or tap a membership card to access the company’s shared fleet of vehicles, based on the driving time they need—per minute, hour or day—starting with 80 of the latest Toyota Prius low-emission hybrids. They will be able to pick up and drop off an Evo anywhere within a 20-square kilometre downtown home zone, or at a special satellite zone at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus.

Evo is exploring other potential campuses as well, and plans to replicate its Vancouver service by offering designated free parkade spots, street parking in residential areas, and free metered parking.

“There’s something special about Victoria’s lifestyle and lifestyle. We’re excited to add a new, convenient choice for Victorians looking for ways to get around town. Thanks to everyone who’s been asking us to bring Evo here – we can’t wait!” said Wharf.

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