An electric vehicle sharing program is an opportunity to easily rent a car from a variety of locations near the renter. The purpose of an electric vehicle sharing program is to be able to pick up a car at a convenient location. Unlike a typical car rental place these programs are self run. When looking to rent a car the user will first need to subscribe to a company that has a large population of cars in their area so that it is ideal for the driver. One company that models an electric car rental system is Blueindy. The renter from this company will have a monthly subscription fee to the company, this will allow them to pick up a car from a charging station. A subscription fee from Blueindy is “$9.99 a month” and there will be additional fees on top of that for car usage. If you subscribe for a year then it will be “$4 for 20 minutes and then $0.20 per minute”("How does it work"). The cars are placed around a specific area at a charging station. To access a car Blueindy states that the user will need to “go to any reservation kiosk you want and hold your card over the reader to unlock the car”("How does it work”). If the car is charged and has enough mileage then the subscriber can use it. When done with the car the driver will drop it off and plug it in at the nearest charging station. Their is technology in the car that will let you know where the closest charging station is so that you don't run out of power (“Energy 101: Electric Vehicles”). After driving the car the driver will then get a bill that is based of of how many minutes they used the car for. The sharing program is just one way that electric cars are promoted in addition to the government and private organizations. Overall, an electric car is a great way to have a clean way of transportation that is low maintenance, affordable and easy to use.
This video, "Energy 101: Electric Vehicles," gives extra information about the pros of owning an electric car. It mentions positive impacts it will have for the environment and the owner. It explains how efficient an electric car is and how it can be recharged. It gives insight about what will occur in the future for electric vehicles and why they are becoming popular in the United States.
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