The Scion iQ EV exists after all, and is being deployed by City Car Share for a car sharing fleet in Pleasanton CA. On Wednesday, City Car Share and Toyota announced the deal to launch a new car-sharing program, Dash, at Hacienda in Pleasanton. Dash is a three-year pilot project that's offering short-distance transportation options for employees using carpool, vanpool and public transportation commuting.
Toyota is providing 30 of the Scion iQ EV's to the program. These are electric versions of the ultra-small Scion iQ and only 100 of them exist at all. The vehicles will be placed at EV charging stations scattered around Hacienda, a large office building complex in Pleasanton.
The cars in the Dash program are meant to allow employees to attend local meetings or run errands even when they've arrived at the office without using their own car.
“City CarShare is pleased to introduce Pleasanton’s first electric carsharing vehicles at Hacienda, through our Dash fleet,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO of City CarShare. “By providing a carsharing option for commuters, we are working towards our goal to take 20,000 cars off of Bay Area roads by 2020, while promoting and encouraging transit, walking, carpooling and cycling.”
The Scion iQ EV has a very short 40 mile driving range, thanks to the very small 12 kilowatt-hour battery pack. This could make the cars ideal for car sharing programs of this sort.
“Toyota is exploring new business models like the City Car Share Dash fleet to meet the future mobility needs of our customers,” said Craig Scott, advanced technology vehicle manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. “The Scion iQ EV fleet will help us understand how electric vehicles are used in an active car sharing program and the viability of this type of program for future technologies.”
"Hacienda's Dash program provides a win-win combination of car sharing and zero-emission vehicles as a model for cleaner transportation options in the Bay Area," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. "The Air District fully supports innovative projects like these, which offer advanced technology solutions to help reduce the overall impact of traffic on regional air quality."
“Pleasanton and Hacienda are extremely excited about the launch of this program which will offer more convenience to the thousands of commuters into our city each day,” said Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne. “The opportunity for exposure to the new Scion iQ EV should bolster program appeal and dovetail with the City’s goals.”
City Car Share is a non-profit car sharing program in the SF Bay Area. They have been exploring a variety of alternative fuel vehicles over the years including placing electric vehicles in their car sharing fleet.
Source: City Car Share