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TypePrivate (GmbH & Co. KG)
IndustryCar rental
FoundedJune 2011 (2011-06)
Defunct2019 (2019)
FateMerged with car2go
SuccessorShare Now

DriveNow was a one-way carsharing service wholly owned by the automotive manufacturer BMW.[1] In 2019, DriveNow and car2go, a carsharing service from Daimler AG, merged to form the global mobility provider Share Now,[2] with a combined fleet of 20,000 vehicles in 31 cities in 14 countries and over four million members worldwide.[3][4] Share Now is one of the five mobility services which are part of the mobility joint venture of the BMW Group and the Daimler AG.[5]

DriveNow service began in Munich, Germany in June 2011.[6] As of October 2017, DriveNow operated over 6,000 vehicles in nine European countries.[7] Apart from five cities in Germany - Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, and Cologne - DriveNow is available in Vienna, Copenhagen, Brussels, Milan, Helsinki and Lisbon.[8] In October 2017, the company reached the milestone of one million customers.[9]

DriveNow operated a fleet comprising only vehicles manufactured by subsidiaries of BMW Group including various MINI models (3 and 5 door, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman) as well as BMW X1, X2, i3, 1 series, and 2 series.[10]

Created as a joint venture between BMW Group and the car rental company Sixt SE holding 50% of shares each, DriveNow became a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW in March 2018. On 29 January 2018, BMW announced that Sixt SE had agreed to sell its 50% stake for c. €209 million.[11] In April 2018, BMW Group and Daimler AG agreed to combine their mobility services, including their car sharing devices DriveNow and car2go, to shape sustainable urban mobility for the future.[12]

A similar BMW service, ReachNow, was offered in North American cities from April 2016 to July 2019, in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. In contrast to DriveNow, ReachNow's technology platform was provided by RideCell rather than Sixt.[13]



The following table details all cities where DriveNow operated:

City Country Vehicles Type Start date End date Ref.
Munich Germany 750 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric June 2011 [14]
Berlin Germany 1400 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric September 2011 [15]
Hamburg Germany 620 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric October 2013 [16]
Düsseldorf Germany 310 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric January 2012 [17]
Cologne Germany 310 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric September 2012 [18]
Vienna Austria 720 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric October 2014 [19]
London United Kingdom 720 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric December 2014 29 February 2020 [20][21]
Copenhagen Denmark 550 Gasoline, Electric September 2015 [22]
Stockholm Sweden 400 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric October 2015 31 October 2018 [23][24]
Brussels Belgium 310 Gasoline, Electric July 2016 29 February 2020 [25]
Milan Italy 500 Gasoline, Electric October 2016 [26]
Helsinki Finland 150 Gasoline, Electric May 2017 29 February 2020 [27]
Lisbon Portugal 210 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric September 2017 3 March 2020 [28]
Budapest Hungary 250 Gasoline, Diesel, Electric May 2019 [29]

One-way car sharing model[edit]

Several BMW ActiveE in service for DriveNow charging at Googleplex in Mountain View, California.

In contrast to classic car rental, where a vehicle is rented at a designated location and typically returned after one or more days, one-way carsharing models allows the use of freely parked vehicles in the city area, or business area. Vehicles can be found and rented through an app on the phone. Driving charge is by a minute rate that ranges between €0.24 to €0.57 per minute depending on the vehicle and business area.[27] The price includes fuel, parking, and insurance.[30] DriveNow also offers packages to make the per minute rate cheaper. Vehicles can be parked back anywhere in the business area of the city.[31] Typically, the car must be parked in the same city as it was rented. The exception is in Düsseldorf and Cologne.[32]


An app for mobile devices allow users to locate and reserve vehicles. When reserving a car online, the customers are able to see the car's fuel gauge (gasoline-powered cars) or the battery's state of charge (electric-powered cars), so if the customer wants to go for an extended drive, they can find the right car for that trip. Cars can also be opened and closed through the app.[33]


DriveNow Car Sharing MINI Cooper
DriveNow Car Sharing Mini Cooper

DriveNow operates a variety of gasoline-powered and diesel BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series, BMW X2 series, BMW X1, Mini Countryman, Mini Clubman, Mini Convertible and Mini Cooper vehicles as well the electric-powered BMW i3 and BMW ActiveE.[34] In the San Francisco Bay Area, DriveNow deployed a fleet of 70 BMW ActiveE electric cars by July 2015.[35]

Electric driving[edit]

DriveNow Electric Driving with BMW i3 DriveNow offers the largest electric car sharing fleet in the world, using BMW i3, BMW i3 Rex, and BMW Active E. Since 15 July 2015, a total of 724 full-electric BMW i3s have been in regular operation in the fleets of Berlin (130 vehicles), Hamburg, Cologne / Düsseldorf [36] and Munich.[37] The BMW ActiveE in Berlin and Munich were thus replaced. In London, DriveNow offered the BMW i3 from May 2015 till closure and could thus benefit from tax relief.[38] In Copenhagen, DriveNow launched a purely electric fleet of 400 vehicles in September 2015.[39]


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  26. ^ "DriveNow Car Sharing in Milan". DriveNow (in German). Retrieved 22 November 2017.
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  29. ^ "DriveNow Car Sharing Budapest". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
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  39. ^ "DriveNow in Copenhagen". Retrieved 5 March 2017.

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