Electric car sharing in Rome

Share N'Go becomes latest car sharing company in Rome.

The electric car-sharing company Share N'Go has launched in Rome, following in the footsteps of other car-sharing firms Enjoy and Car2Go.

There are currently 50 of the two-seater electric vehicles circulating in Rome, with 40 charging-points in or around the city centre.

The bright-yellow cars are produced by Xin Da Yang Electric Vehicles, a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational automotive manufacturer Geely, which also owns Volvo. When fully-charged the vehicles can travel for 120km.

To register costs €10 which includes 100 minutes of drive time. Registered drivers can source the nearest car available by using the smartphone app or the website, or simply choosing the first available Share N'Go car they find on the street.

Unlike other companies, the tariff is personalised and is based on information provided by the user, rewarding drivers who, for example, do not own a car or who commute in areas poorly served by public transport. The base rate of €0.28 per minute is nominal and the company says that some drivers will pay less than half that, depending on the data they provide.

Other advantages include the service being free on users' birthdays while for registered female drivers the service is free between 01.00 and 06.00.

Based in Livorno, Share N'Go already operates in Milan and Florence. Its arrival in Rome follows the city's two other car-sharing schemes Enjoy, which embarked in April 2014, and Car2go, which launched in March 2014.