Beginning November 2, 2015, DriveNow will suspend its service in the San Francisco Bay Area. DriveNow USA launched as an electric vehicle car sharing pilot in 2012 in the Bay Area with great success and the hope of expanding our service city-wide so that all neighborhoods would have access to our vehicles with curbside pick-up and drop-off; as do DriveNow customers in Europe. The proposed program would have extended service to most SF neighborhoods, increasing access to our vehicles and making flexible car sharing more convenient than ever.
Parking permit regulations necessary for one-way car sharing to successfully operate still do not exist. Until the current regulations are amended, we must suspend service in the San Francisco Bay Area. We fully expect to return once the city reforms its parking policies to allow for one-way car sharing. We will continue to work with the city of San Francisco toward achieving that goal.
While we are disappointed to be leaving the Bay Area, we are excited about new prospective cities who are welcoming car sharing in their communities and offering the parking permits necessary to operate one way flexible car sharing. As an appreciation for your support and loyalty, we are happy to provide you with complimentary registration in these new cities when the time comes. We will be in touch with more details in the coming months.
“We hope to return to San Francisco in the future and will continue to engage with the City on possible solutions that will allow you to experience the full benefits of our one-way car sharing service. In the meantime, we are focusing our efforts on new cities where our transportation solution can flourish. We would like to thank you for your loyal support and embracing flexible car sharing as an alternative transportation method.”
– Richard Steinberg, CEO DriveNow USA