Car sharing ramps up a gear in Changsha
After just four months on the road, car sharing service provider Changsha Xiandao Kuaixian Technology is set to expand its car rental sites to 56 across the city, adding to its initial five.
The company estimates its number of shared car rental sites in Changsha will rise to 100 by the end of the year.
The shared cars debuted in the Hunan province capital in late March, when Xiandao Kuaixian put out its first batch of 300 new-energy vehicles.
Initially, Changsha residents could find the vehicles – EC180s, developed by Beijing Automotive Group, in five rental sites close to communities, bus stations, industrial parks, scenic spots and shopping malls.
Shared cars are recharged at a rental site, in Changsha, Hunan province capital. [Photo by Zhang Jing/icswb.com]
Using a similar model used for shared bikes, motorists can rent cars simply by downloading the mobile app – Xiandaokuaixian, and using which easily order, unlock and start a car.
In terms of speed and range, the vehicles can run 150 kilometers without recharging and have a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The vehicles can be recharged at any charging station across Changsha.
It is hoped the shared-car service will help to ease traffic pressure, promote new-energy vehicles and provide greater convenience to people in the city.
Curious residents give the new-energy vehicles a test drive the in Changsha. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]
Anticipating expansion, Xiandao Kuaixian purchased another 2,000 new-energy vehicles, the first batch of which arrived in late June.
The company plans to set up about 8,000 charging posts, four charging stations for public buses and 600 rental sites during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20).
To promote interconnectivity between cities, as of mid-August, drivers will be able to drive the vehicles from Changsha and return them in the neighboring city of Xiangtan, or vice versa.
By simply downloading the mobile app Xiandaokuaixian, users can easily order, unlock and start a car. [Photo/news.changsha.cn]
Source: Changsha Evening News & news.changsha.cn