Modo (car co-op)

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Modo
Formerly
The Co-operative Auto Network
Cooperative
IndustryCarsharing
FoundedJanuary 1997 (1997-01) in Vancouver, British Columbia
Headquarters200-470 Granville Street, Vancouver
311-895 Fort Street, Victoria
Area served
Greater Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna
Websitemodo.coop

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[1] and the first carshare in the English-speaking world.[2] 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[3], hybrids, electrics[4] and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles[5]. 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[6][7], 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 October 2014, Victoria Car Share was merged into Modo.[8] Then in June 2018, Modo acquired the Okanagan Car Share Co-op in Kelowna.[9]

Since July 2016, Modo's CEO is Patrick Nangle, a former Purolator executive.[10]

In June 2017, Modo entered into a partnership with TransLink to provide vehicles for the transit authority's Vanpool pilot project.[11]

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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trevor Jansen. "Modo: The New Face of Vancouver's First Car Co-op". BC Living. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  2. ^ Ted Laturnus (2011-05-24). "Car-sharing organizations make car ownership unnecessary". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  3. ^ Marwen Meddah, Mohamed (4 April 2016). "Car co-op Modo dips its toes into high-end luxury". Vancouver Sun. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ Tchir, Jason (13 May 2019). "Car-sharing customers favour gas over electric vehicles". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ Heyman, Dan (18 March 2019). "Hyundai partnering with MODO car share to offer fuel-cell technology". Autotrader.ca. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  6. ^ Murray, Nick (30 May 2019). "Hit the road with new car-share service in Central Saanich". Oak Bay News. Black Press. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ Cleverley, Bill (17 March 2019). "Central Saanich gears up to bring car-sharing to community". Times Colonist. Glacier Media. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  8. ^ Hyslop, Lucy (1 October 2014). "Modo and Victoria Car Share to merge". BC Business. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Kelowna's OGO Car Share Co-op joins Modo". Kelowna Now. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Ex-Purolator CEO Patrick Nangle takes wheel at Modo car-share". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ Chan, Kenneth (7 June 2019). "TransLink sees initial success with new carpool program". Daily Hive Vancouver. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  12. ^ Crawford, Robyn; Little, Simon (5 July 2018). "Vancouver carshare co-op to permit 'L' and 'N' drivers behind the wheel". CKNW. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved 22 June 2019 – via Global News.

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