The city of Palermo opened the largest publich car-share service in southern Italy.

The new service, run by the city of Palermo in cooperation with Amat, Renault and Enel, was opened in October and features 24 Renault's all-electric city cars, which service users will now be able to drive throughout the Sicilian capital.

The carshare service was established to help reduce heavy traffic in the city center by offering an integrated car-sharing platform. The 24 Renault ZOEs in the car-sharing service will be fitted with smartcard readers and available in five of the city's carparks (Piazza Massimo, Piazzale Ungheria, Via Malta, Piazza Ignazio Florio and Viale della Libertà), but three more are expected to be inlcuded in this scheme by the end of 2015.

Drivers will be able to charge ZOEs at any of the sixteen 22 kW charging stations installed by Enel at strategic points of the city. It will take only an hour to recharge the Renault ZOE batteries to up to 80%.

Renault ZOE is powered by a 65 kW electric motor and boasts a range of 210 km (with the Q210 power unit) or 240 km (with the R240) under the NEDC certification cycle, which represents from 100 to 170 km under typical real-life driving conditions.

ZOE also operates in various other car¬share systems all over the world, including Comos in Malaysia, E-car Club in the UK and LetsGo in Denmark.

Nov. 10, 2015 Driving photo: Profimedia

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