Montreal-based Communauto is officially launching its carshare service with 100 5-seat Kia Rio’s will be on the street in Calgary on September 19th. A total of 150 cars will be in operation in Calgary by the end of September.
The Communauto service will operate in a “flex zone” that covers 26 square kilometres from 50 Avenue south to 20 Avenue north, from 37 Street south to 17 Street east, and does not include the downtown core.
All new members will enjoy free FLEX trips of 30 minutes or less for an entire month with “Unlimited Flex Pass”, usually offered at $75.
The charges start at $3.95/hour, $27.65/day, or $149.75/week with Value plans (per km fees extra).
For monthly use, the service has no monthly fee and its usage costs $0.45/minute, $15/hour or $50 for one day and $35 for following days.
For day trips, 100 km are included in the trip price, and additional km are billed at $0.20/km.
Other plans include people to use cars from $2.95/hour, capped at $20.65/day, plus $0.29/km (15¢/km after 50 km), with fuel and insurance included.
All users in Calgary will be able to use Edmonton’s fleet as well.
The city of Calgary has introduced a three-tiered pricing structure for companies and allowed vehicles to park beyond posted time limits.
Communauto fits into Tier 2 as its business model focuses on longer day trips. This is a very different model than car2go (Tier 3) which focused on short rides in and around the downtown, says Eric MacNaughton, Senior Transportation Engineer with the City of Calgary.
Under Tier 2, drivers using the new carsharing service will be able to park on all residential streets in the identified zone, including streets with Residential Parking Permit requirements, as long as they follow the posted parking restrictions.