Go­car to launch share ser­vice for com­pa­nies

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Fearghal O’con­nor

IR­ISH car-shar­ing com­pany Go­car is to launch a new cor­po­rate ser­vice al­low­ing busi­nesses to of­fer a pool car to em­ploy­ees or clients.

The new ser­vice, which will utilise an in­creas­ing num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, will give com­pa­nies ded­i­cated ac­cess to ve­hi­cles for of­fice hours but al­low those ve­hi­cles to be rented at evenings and week­ends to lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

Go­car, a sub­sidiary of car rental com­pany Europ­car, last year in­vested €3m in grow­ing its con­sumer-fo­cused busi­ness. It now of­fers over 400 ve­hi­cles across 300 lo­ca­tions in 15 coun­ties to its 30,000 mem­bers here.

A sim­i­lar amount is likely to be in­vested this year in new ser­vices, in­clud­ing the cor­po­rate ser­vice and a new long-dis­tance shar­ing model for con­sumers, it is un­der­stood.

A small num­ber of com­pa­nies are al­ready tak­ing part in a pi­lot scheme with Go­car and it plans to have up to 100 cor­po­rate shared cars and vans in op­er­a­tion by the end of the year.

“The mar­ket is mov­ing very quickly but Go­car has dou­bled its fleet year-on-year since 2015, so we’re ready to in­vest to cap­i­talise on po­ten­tial growth,” said Go­car man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Colm Brady, ad­ding that the new ser­vice would re­duce taxi, fleet and short-term rental ex­penses.

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