Almost 4,500 drivers registered to use GoTo’s electric car sharing service
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Close to 4,500 drivers have registered to use GoTo’s fleet of electric cars, making an average 410 trips a day. The company said that this has “surpassed expectation and in just four months.”
Friday and Saturday are the two most popular days of the week for the island’s first national car sharing service, according to Car Sharing Services Malta CEO Liran Golan.
“There was a record 500 trips last weekend, and if this growth pattern is maintained over the next two months, we will consider expanding our fleet by another 50 vehicles to reach 200,” he added.
More than 65% are using this service more than five times a month and 15% are making 20 trips a month, this is according to the company’s latest figures.
The company also explained that although the service has proved to be a tempting alternative for drivers of all ages, those aged 25 to 31 are the ones who this service the most at 33%.
The heaviest usage of GoTo cars has been experienced mostly in Valletta, Sliema, Ta’ Xbiex, Msida, the airport and Cirkewwa, while the average length of time spent driving a GoTo car is 23 minutes, the company said.
“The feedback and take-up of the service has been extremely encouraging and it clearly shows that those living in Malta are looking for alternatives to owning a car,” Mr Golan said.
The company said that it is also planning by May to roll out the second phase of its project which will be created for longer return journeys. The user will be able to book cars up to three months in advance, as well as pick up and return the car to the same spot.
“The plan is to launch this service in 30 new locations following a collaboration with private car parks. We are buoyed by the public’s response and hope that the use of electric cars and car sharing continues to pick up – we want to be part of a national transportation system where we give users a real alternative to ditching their cars for a greener future,” Mr Golan said.
This €8 million initiative, run by Car Sharing Services Malta, a subsidiary of CAR2GO Israel, and established in collaboration with Transport Malta, ties in with government plans to introduce alternative transportation modes, and reduce dependency on private cars.