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Bike-share and electric scooter company Lime has launched a ‘free-floating’ car-share service in Seattle and intends to make 1,500 vehicles available in early 2019.
Bloomberg says the company has deployed 50 Lime-branded vehicles and intends to increase this number to 500 by the end of the year.
Users can unlock a LimePod vehicle, a customised two-door Fiat 500, via the company’s app for $1 and are charged 40 cents per minute while driving.
Toby Sun, Lime’s chief executive officer, says the company is also hoping to deploy the service in an unnamed city in California.
Lime is not the only company moving into the US ‘free-floating’ car-share space. In October, French car manufacturer Groupe PSA confirmed its intention to deploy a fleet 600 vehicles in Washington, DC.
This pilot coincided with Maven’s announcement to expand its peer-to-peer car-share service in Washington, DC – and other US cities - by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, Communauto also received a permit to deploy a car-share service of 200 vehicles.