BMW and the rental car company Sixt have launched a car sharing service in London. The DriveNow program made its U.S. debut last year and its....
BMW and the rental car company Sixt have launched a car sharing service in London. The DriveNow program made its U.S. debut last year and it has been live in Germany since 2011.
The service already has 360,000 customers in seven locations (Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna and San Francisco) and now today is available in three London boroughs - Islington, Hackney and Haringey.
Initially, 210 BMW 1 Series and Mini Countryman models will be available. DriveNow furthermore intends to add 30 all-electric BMW i3 cars to the London fleet in spring 2015, expanding it to a total of 300 vehicles during the course of next year. The program will start off by serving an area around 65 square kilometers (25sq. miles) in size.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the board of management of BMW AG and responsible for Mobility Services, comments: "DriveNow is already an international success, with more than 360,000 regular customers in Europe and America, we are delighted now to launch it in London, Europe's largest city. DriveNow gives Londoners instant access to highly desirable cars, perfect for the city, in an innovative and entirely flexible way. This program is part of BMW group's strategic response to the growth in urban living and shared ownership. Their aim is to expand it into about 15 more cites in Europe and about 10 in North America in the near future".
Every journey is charged to the exact minute, with each minute of driving in London coating 39 pence.. The hourly rate is capped at £20, so that customers save £3.40 per 60-minute hire. However each minute in the reserved park mode coast 19 pence. As Germany, DriveNow additionally offers saver packages, which allow customers to buy blocks of minutes for as little as 32 pence per minute, as well as blocks of hours. The prices for the hourly packages vary from £35 fore three hours, including 40 free miles, to £120 for 24 hours, including 125 free miles. All costs such as fuel, taxes, insurance and parking charges are already included in London as well. The standard one-off registration fee for London will be £29.