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‘Witkar’, the world’s first electric car-sharing scheme

The “Witkar”, or white car, was the world’s first electric car-sharing scheme. It was the brainchild of Dutch visionary, Luud Schimmelpennink, who came up with the innovative idea to tackle pollution on the streets of his native Amsterdam. The first “Witkar” took to the roads in 1974, but it was way ahead of its time. Now though, Luud’s idea is being copied in cities around the globe. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there. Source link

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BMW expands car-sharing service DriveNow in London

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone displaying the DriveNow app with cars available in Berlin’s city centre is held up next to a car from the DriveNow service in this picture illustration taken in Berlin, Germany, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stefanie Loos/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – BMW is expanding its car-sharing service DriveNow into five more London boroughs as the carmaker overcomes some of the barriers to operating across the city where firms need to strike agreements with separate local authorities. Daimler axed its car2go operation from London in 2014 after it proved…

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French carmaker to launch car-sharing service in Washington DC

PARIS (Reuters) – French carmaker PSA, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, will launch a car-sharing service in Washington DC at the end of October, a senior PSA executive said on Tuesday. CEO of Citroen Linda Jackson and CEO of PSA Group Carlos Tavares pose for a photograph during the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PSA will initially use 600 Chevrolet cars in Washington, Brigitte Courtehoux, director of mobility services at PSA, said at the Paris Motor Show. Reporting…

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Renault aims to launch Paris car-sharing scheme in September

PARIS (Reuters) – Renault announced plans on Wednesday to launch in September a ride-hailing and car-sharing scheme covering the French capital and its surrounding areas. FILE PHOTO – The tyre of Renault’s Reon concept car is seen at its launch at the India Auto Show 2018 in Greater Noida, India, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal Renault and Peugeot-maker PSA are vying to offer a car sharing scheme in Paris to replace Autolib, the electric car sharing service run by French tycoon Vincent Bollore‚Äôs group that was recently ditched by local…

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