You’ve probably heard about popular bike-sharing apps like Rekola in Prague, which manages hundreds of bikes throughout the Czech capital that riders can rent short-term through a mobile app.
But what about the same concept applied to cars?
Yes, mini electric automobiles are soon coming to the streets of central Prague during the Re.volt project, which will kick off a pilot project with 20 tiny vehicles on June 15.
If the initial phase is successful, a total of 240 mini electric cars will be coming to the streets of Prague 1 and 2.
To rent a vehicle, users must simply download the Re.volt app on their mobile device and register a new account.
An in-app map will locate the nearest available vehicles, which can be unlocked through the app and driven away to any destination in central Prague.
The cars can be parked in most available spaces, and re-locked with the app once you’re done to await the next driver.
The cars can be parked in any available residential parking space in Prague 1 or 2 (blue and purple zones), which may irk local residents trying to find a spot. But due to the compact Re.volt design, up to four cars can comfortably fit in a single parking spot.
No paperwork is needed to sign up, but users must be approved by the operator before they can become drivers. A valid license to drive in the Czech Republic is needed, and anyone who does not hold a permanent residence in the country must put down a 5,000 crown refundable deposit.
The Re.volt cars only cost 4 crowns per minute to rent, a price that includes fuel, parking, insurance and VAT. Each ride comes with a 20-crown minimum fee.
Each car measures 2.2 by 1.3 by 1.6 meters, and features two seats, a small trunk, air conditioning, and a touch-screen information panel. The maximum speed in 80 kilometers/hour.
The Re.volt pilot project will begin in Prague on June 15. While the cars are not yet available, the app is already downloadable on the App Store and Google Play.
More information can be found via the Re.volt website.