Car sharing has returned to Calgary as Communauto launched Communauto FLEX on Thursday.
“I know Calgarians have been looking forward to the return of a car-share service,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said.
“Communauto FLEX will provide an affordable and convenient option, strengthening Calgary’s transportation network so individuals and families can get where they need to go.”
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They will have an initial fleet of 150 cars. The launch was made possible by City Council’s approval of the revised Carshare Parking Policies & Bylaw earlier this year.
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An initial fleet of 150 cars has been deployed in a 26-square-kilometre area from 50 Avenue S.W. to 21 Avenue N.W., and from 37 Street S.W. to 17 Street S.E.
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“Communauto aims to offer a real alternative to car ownership in complement to transit and active mobility,” Communauto CEO Benoit Robert said.
“That is why we propose a tariffication adapted as well to small errands, going for grocery as for weekends or vacations.”
Use of the vehicles costs $0.45/minute, $15/hour or $50 for one day and $35 the following days. For a day trip, 100 kilometres are included in the trip price and any additional kilometres are billed at $0.20/kilometre. Other plans are also offered where the car is $2.95 per hour plus $0.29/kilometre with fuel and insurance included.
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A three-tier pricing structure was implemented by the City of Calgary.
Tier 1: The $450 fee per year, per car, for Tier 1 is unchanged from the city’s current policy and allows car-share operators to park vehicles in unpaid and residential permit spaces. Tier 1 does not include the downtown core.
Tier 2: costs $840 per year, per car, includes parking in residential, unmetered and metered zones outside of the downtown core.
Tier 3: $1,440 per year, per car. Allows operators to use on-street parking in all priced areas, in residential areas and in Calgary’s downtown core.
A 50 per cent discount to the annual rate will also be applied by the city for fully-electric car-share vehicles as part of the city’s Climate Resilience Strategy and Low-Emission Vehicle Strategy.
Over the next few weeks, the company is looking for people to pre-register or become beta-testers with the use of a car for free until the complete fleet is available.
The service will start regularly in September.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Communauto will have increased sanitation measures once the service launches. There will be sanitizing gel in the cars, an obligation to wash hands before and after using a car and the disinfecting of the cars on a weekly basis.
Additional time of up to 15 minutes will also be offered for free before each use to allow drivers to disinfect the interior of the car.