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Better Place, well known for their somewhat controversial battery swapping technology and their growing partnership with Renault is now toying with yet another new idea. Better Place is partnering with DSB, Denmark's largest commuter train service company to provide an EV car sharing solution for train passengers.
The program will offer electric car sharing at select train terminals in Denmark. The program will begin next year with a small pilot program run at the Hoje-Taastrup station and the Skanderborg station. The service will allow train passengers to reserve an electric vehicle for travel after their train voyage. The two pilot train stations serve the largest metropolitan areas of Denmark. As part of the program, charging facilities will be installed near the EV rental facilities.
The success of the car sharing service lies in the commuter's ability to travel by train to a distant location while still having access to personal transportation once they have reached their destination.
A program such as this may meet limited success in the U.S. where commuter trains are few and far between in many parts of the country, but many nations could be interested in the train to EV car sharing program.
Source: Better Place