A new transportation option will soon be available in the Greater Victoria area as Evo Car Share has announced it will officially launch in Victoria on August 1.
Evo, which has been a “successful” transportation service in Vancouver for the past several years, uses a smartphone app or tap a membership card in order to provide residents quick access to a shared fleet of vehicles based on the driving time they need – per minute, hour or day – instead of paying out of pocket for the costs of car ownership including gas, parking, insurance and vehicle maintenance.
The car-sharing service created by BCAA is rolling out a fleet of 80 of the latest Toyota Prius low-emission hybrids for its initial launch in Victoria.
Those living in the region will be able to pick up and drop off an Evo vehicle anywhere within a 20-square km downtown home zone. An additional satellite zone at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus will be established as well, allowing students to drive between downtown and Camosun.
Evo says it plans on replicating its Vancouver service, which means it will offer designated free parkade spots, street parking in residential areas, as well as free metered parking.
“Evo will bring a flexible, environmentally friendly new choice for getting around Greater Victoria as part of a broader, sustainable transportation network while also helping to take more cars off the road,” reads a statement from the organization.
The four-door hybrid cars have room for five passengers, cargo space and bike racks as well. The company says special rates will be available for booking cars for longer trips.
Dave Wharf, Evo’s Senior Manager of Business Operations, grew up in Victoria and is confident that locals will embrace what Evo Car Share offers. “There’s something special about Victoria living and lifestyle. We’re excited to add a new, convenient choice for Victorians looking for ways to get around town. Thanks to everyone who’s been asking us to bring Evo here – we can’t wait!”
The company is encouraging Victorians to sign up in advance at evo.ca/Victoria and they will receive special incentives including Free Membership and 100 free driving minutes.
“Data shows that every Evo removes an average of nine personal vehicles from the road,” says Wharf. “It’s all about providing choices. Our members typically mix Evo with public transit and more active options such as walking and biking to get around efficiently.”
The company is optimistic that Victorians will latch on to the new car-sharing concept to stay mobile without owning a car or needing a second car.
“It’s great to see more car sharing coming to Victoria,” said City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “We know our residents are sustainably minded and eager to find solutions that can mitigate the climate crisis. Any options that can provide alternatives to car ownership are a win for the community.”
Evo Car Share is open to everyone with a drivers’ license.
According to a release, BCAA Members always receive free Evo registration ($35 CAD value) and a 10 per cent usage credit.