A New Type of Urban Mobility Project Launches in Grenoble, France
The clean city of tomorrow will see personal electric mobility harmoniously connected to public transport systems. By sharing this vision, five partners － the City of Grenoble, France, its metropolitan area Grenoble-Alpes Metropole, EDF and its affiliate Sodetrel, Toyota Motor Corporation and Cité lib － launched today a new service called “Cité lib by Ha:mo”.
This new service is innovative in several ways :
- It’s not just another car-sharing service. By offering a new type of mobility based on ultra-compact electric vehicles, the service aims to complement Grenoble’s public transport network with a solution for short-trips － including one-way trips － that can be planned as part of overall city journeys.
- The vehicles and the charging stations are seamlessly connected to the IT infrastructure of Grenoble’s transport network, offering both route planning and online/mobile app reservations.
- Users can pick-up one of the 70 vehicles and drop it off at any station near their destination without having to return it to the original pickup point. They will only be charged for the ride.
- It features 35 Toyota i-ROAD, the largest number in service in the world. The Toyota i-ROAD is an innovative, fun-to-drive three-wheel personal mobility vehicle equipped with revolutionary Active Lean technology that emulates the movements of a skier. The i-ROAD is as agile as a scooter with the enclosed-canopy comfort of a car. Thirty-five four-wheel vehicles, Toyota Auto Body’s COMS, will also be part of the project.
- The service eliminates the need to look for a parking place. In addition, the compactness of the vehicles makes it easier to plan and build parking and charging infrastructure.
With this new service, the Grenoble metro area continues its tradition of innovation and becomes the trial stage for what will be tomorrow’s urban mobility. “Grenoble draws its strength from its capacity to accompany emerging initiatives and turn them into successes for everyone’s benefit. By proposing a new clean mobility solution that complements bicycling and public transport, the trial ‘Cité lib by Ha:mo’ is in direct line with this tradition,” comments Jacques Wiart, Deputy Mayor in charge of Mobility and Urban Transport at the City of Grenoble.
- Any person 18 years or older with a valid drivers’ license
- Users need to subscribe to Cité lib (www.citelib.com) online or by appointment at one of the three multi-modal transport offices in Grenoble
- A total of 27 charging stations are in Grenoble, Fontaine, Gières, St Martin D’Hères, Seyssinet-Pariset, et La Tronche, close to tram, bus or train stops
- Each station is equipped with at least four spots for i-ROADs and COMS
- Some stations also feature one or two spaces for other EVs and PHVs
- Once a Cité lib subscriber, you can download an app to your smartphone or tablet (Cité lib by Ha:mo in app stores) or to your PC from www.citelib.com
- With the app, users can see the locations within the city of vehicles that have sufficient charge to be used
- Once a user returns their vehicle to any station and plugs it back in, the vehicle’s battery will start charging and use charge will end
|Length of use||Full fare||Reduced fare (annual subscribers to MétroVélo, TAG, Itinisère or TER)|
|0 to 15* minutes||3 euros||2 euros|
|15 to 30 minutes||+ 2 euros (total = 5 euros)||+ 1 euro (total = 3 euros)|
|30 to 45 minutes||+ 1 euro (total = 6 euros)||+ 1 euro (total = 4 euros)|
|45 to 60 minutes||+ 1 euro (total = 7 euros)||+ 1 euro (total = 5 euros)|
|2 hours||Total 11 euros||Total 9 euros|
|4 hours||Total 19 euros||Total 17 euros|
- Once the administrative and badging cost of 25 euros is paid, plug-in vehicle users will be able to use the charging service for free until 31 December 2014. From January 2015, a pricing schedule will be offered with costs varying between 2 and 5 euros for an hour of charge, depending on charging speed (normal or fast). Charging time will be limited, especially during daytime hours, in order to discourage prolonged parking and allow maximum access to these parking spots.
‘Cité lib by Ha:mo’ will open to the public on 1 October 2014 for a three-year period. The project partners will use this trial to collect valuable data on technical aspects and user behaviours, thereby contributing to the future of mobility through a very concrete and practical initiative.