Copenhagen scheme ties together public transport and car club


drivenow_copenhagenArriva has introduced 400 BMW I3 electric cars for the DriveNow scheme


Arriva has partnered with BMW to bring the German motor manufacturer’s DriveNow car sharing concept to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

To support the scheme, which is the first time that BMW has worked with a partner to franchise the DriveNow concept, Arriva has introduced 400 BMW I3 electric cars.

Arriva is being supported by The Danish Energy Agency and The Capital Region of Denmark to introduce the scheme, which is already operating successfully in several major cities in Europe, including London, and the United States. The Copenhagen scheme will be the first city car concept to be integrated with the local public transport network.

The DriveNow concept operates a ‘free-flow’ system where customers can pick up their electric car and return it anywhere within the area of ​​operation, which currently covers Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, and Tårnby. On average there are 300 metres between each DriveNow car, which corresponds to the distance between city bus stops.

“DriveNow is the most ambitious and innovative public transport solution we’ve seen,” said Nikolaj Wendelboe, managing director of Arriva Denmark. “With the 400 city cars, we tie Copenhagen and public transport together in a new way, giving citizens a flexible, coherent and simple travel experience. We give people a car – without a car.”

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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