Following Car2Go, GuidaMI and the new Fiat-Eni-Trenitalia scheme announced earlier this month, Milan’s first fully electric car sharing service has been launched.
A fleet of 60 four-wheeled, two-person Bee “electro-bikes” based at nine recharging “islands” is now operative for demos, with a further 60 vehicles and 21 islands in service soon.
Called EQSharing, the scheme for now offers free demo drives around the recharging points. And from Monday 21 October, those interested can sign up for a membership card, ready to pick up their electro-bike from Monday 28 October, when Bee rental starts. All they will need is to be of age, to hold a normal (class B) driving licence and to have a credit card.
Rental will cost €0.13 per minute, and there are attractive subscription rates for both single customers and for companies. For that price, the driver can use the whole city road network, including Area C, the ZTL and bus lanes (but not the ring-road or motorway), and park free on either yellow or blue lines, and can cover 40 km before a re-charge is required. The rental price includes the electric charge and third-party road insurance. Members can book Bee electro-bikes on the EQSharing website or by a toll-free phone call; an on-board computer will show the instructions for use and calculate the duration of the rental, and also warn the driver when the electrical charge is running out.
The service will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.