Trains and buses are about to have their duopoly on mass transit stations broken from May onwards when Comos (Cohesive Mobility Solution) and their fleet of electric cars are made available for rent at a select number of LRT stations (five so far) and key public locations.
According to a report from The Star, there will be 10 pick-up locations within the Klang Valley in the near term: the Bangsar, Pasar Seni, Asia Jaya and Ampang Park LRT stations, together with Medan Tuanku, Lorong Bunus, Lorong P Ramlee, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Jalan Semarak and University Malaya comprising the standalone pickup locations.
There will be 16 fully electric Renault Zoes spread across the aforementioned locations when the service begins, each with an approximate range between 120km to 180km on a full charge. Users can rent an available car for a couple of hours before choosing to drive it back to the original station or drop it off at any of the other nine locations drop pickup points, whichever most convenient, where it doubles up as a charging station.
“You can pick up a car at the Pasar Seni LRT station and drive it to a meeting at CapSquare or to Lorong P Ramlee,” Comos Chief Executive Badrulhisham Mohd Ghazali said.
Rental rates will see customers being charged for every 15 minutes of use with hourly rates expected to be between RM25 to RM30. To be able to use the service, potential carsharers will have to register with Comos and have their accounts linked to their credit card. From then, a special RFID card will be given for the customer to unlock the car once an online booking is made beforehand. A rental session will only end once the charging cable is plugged back into the car, and customers should know that their account will continue to be billed as long as it is remains off the charger.
With their partnership with MyRapid (Prasarana Malaysia Berhad), Comos is working out an arrangement to offer electric vehicles for rental at many more LRT station and plans to expand its service to Penang, Malacca and Johor Bahru, operating a fleet of 1,000 vehicles by 2020.
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