Modo (car co-op)
|The Co-operative Auto Network|
|Founded||January 1997Vancouver, British Columbiain|
|Headquarters||200-470 Granville Street, Vancouver|
311-895 Fort Street, Victoria
|Greater Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna|
Modo is a member-owned carshare operator in British Columbia. It was incorporated in 1997, making it the oldest carsharing organization in the area, first carshare co-op in North America and the first carshare in the English-speaking world. Modo amalgamated with the Victoria Carshare Co-op in 2015 and now serves 14 municipalities in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria.
As of 2016, Modo had over 17,000 individual and business members and a fleet of over 500 vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, passenger and cargo vans, premium cars, hybrids, electrics and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Currently, one in five cars in the fleet is a hybrid or electric. Modo has vehicles in more than 250 locations including Vancouver, UBC, Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich, and at the Horseshoe Bay, Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay ferry terminals.
Modo offers two-way, roundtrip carsharing. Each of its vehicles has a designated parking space, with cars picked up and dropped off the same location. Vehicles can be booked in 15 minute increments, with a 30-minute minimum and a 30-day maximum. Members book online, by phone or using an app, and access the vehicles using a fob.
In July 2018, Modo began allowing drivers with a learner's license to use its fleet of vehicles, making it the first carshare in North America to do so.
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