Quebec Carsharing Service Gets 50 Leaf EVs

The largest North American, all-electric carsharing project is now taking shape in Quebec. Carsharing service,  Communato and Nissan Canada have announced the partnership, which includes 50 all-electric Nissan Leafs to be added to Communato’s fleet.

Communato has nearly 25,000 members, which means they will each have access to the use of the electric cars, for just $37 a year. The company is the oldest carsharing service in North America.

2011 Nissan LEAF

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The Québec government and Hydro-Québec helped paved the way for the Nissan Leafs through the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Nissan. The Québec government supported this project through credits and subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles. Hydro-Québec is providing financial and technical support for the charging infrastructure being implemented.

The first 15 of the cars were made available in mid August. Six of the electric vehicles available in the city will be located in parking lots at City Hall, at SIQ in Place d’Youville, at the INRS in Saint-Roch and at Ivanhoé Cambridge’s Édifice de la Haute Ville.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.