MONTREAL, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ -Communauto announced today the
expansion, in the weeks to come, of the Auto-mobile service to the boroughs of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and
The decision to move from the pilot phase of the service, which was
previously only accessible within the the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough,
to a larger area was motivated by the decisions made last night by the
Borough Councils to approve legislation allowing « carsharing »
vehicles to park in residents-only reserved zones.
Since spring 2011, Communauto has always reiterated both her will as
well as her ability to set up a one-way carsharing system if the City
and the Montreal community wished it so. The pilot project was launched
in June 2013 to provide evaluation components to the City and to the
operators of other modes of transportation (taxi, public transport,
etc.) without creating an imbalance in the existing transportation
offers. This project took place in the context of the public
consultation held by the City to evaluate the interest in this type of
"We would have preferred that the boroughs comply with the steps of the
process launched by the City (which is what Outremont seems to have
decided last night, by deferring the proposal that was on the agenda of
the Council meeting) and be more ambitious in their requirements to
promote the use of electric vehicles, as we did in the
Plateau-Mont-Royal, but if some prefer to move forward more quickly, we
will be there to answer this demand, "said Mr. Marco Viviani, Director,
development and public relations at Communauto.
In the coming weeks, when the necessary regulations for the granting of
such permits are in place, Communauto will allocate nearly one hundred Auto-mobile vehicles in the area now available to one-way carsharing. Given the
uncertainty regarding the future of this type of service, in the
electoral context prevailing in Montreal, and the requirements of
competitiveness with other providers, the next vehicles used for
Communauto's new service will be hybrid cars.
However, Communauto welcomes the recommendation made by the City to
strive for electrification of one-way carsharing vehicles in order to
mitigate the impacts resulting from the introduction of this new
"In a context of free competition, it is important that the City
determines the requirements that service providers will need to meet in
order to have the privilege of obtaining the new permits. It will then
be up to us to comply. Under no circumstances should it offer free
parking for the vehicles, even if electric. Carsharing has long
demonstrated its ability to self finance. This service should not open
the door to a new way of subsidizing the car. The City does not have
the means. Instead, it should use the revenue generated by the issuing
of such parking permits to facilitate the funding of other services"
added Mr. Benoît Robert, president and founder of Communauto.
Auto-mobile is the brand name of the one-way carsharing service offered by
Communauto. Launched in June 2013 and limited to the Plateau-Mont-Royal
borough, this service was first experienced as a pilot, used to
document the impacts and benefits of this service. With the expansion
of its service area to Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Auto-mobile is out of its pilot phase and enters a new stage of its development.
The service is expected to deploy, at full term, a fleet of 250 to 350
one-way carsharing vehicles, depending on the number of participating
boroughs. These vehicles will expand Communauto's already existing
fleet of over 1,000 vehicles in Greater Montreal.
Image with caption: "Auto-mobile vehicles soon available in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CNW Group/COMMUNAUTO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131001_C6336_PHOTO_EN_31581.jpg