â€œChoimobi Yokohamaâ€, an electric vehicle sharing service jointly organized by the City of Yokohama and Nissan Motor Company resumed operations on May 23.
Choimobi Yokohama is a car-sharing experiment that centers on Yokohama Cityâ€™s Minato Mirai and Chinatown area. The electric vehicles are ultra-compact and seats up to two passengers for one-way travel. Those who would like to use this service must attend a free driving course beforehand. The lecture will provide information on the rental process from start to finish, as well as details on which roads/areas can and cannot be used.
The vehicles are only to be driven on public roads and are restricted from expressways and highways such as the Shuto Expressway and Dai-san Keihin. Due to a couple of incidents involving members driving the vehicles in these restricted areas, the Choimobi car-sharing service was suspended from May 16. At this time, through approval from relevant organizations to preventing these incidents from recurring, the Choimobi car-sharing service resumed operations at 8am on May 23.
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)