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Cityhop

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Type  Private
Founded  2007 (2007), Auckland
Headquarters  Auckland, New Zealand
Industry  Car sharing
Founder  Victoria Carter ONZM
Area served  Auckland, Wellington

Cityhop is New Zealand's first and only carsharing service operating in Auckland and Wellington. It was founded by former Auckland City councillor Victoria Carter with JUCY, a rental car and campervan company.

Cityhop was launched in Auckland in August 2007 by Prime Minister Helen Clark and began with three cars in Auckland Council carparks. This was followed by three cars in Wellington in late 2008.

Cityhop follows traditional carsharing principles with car bookings done online or over the phone, keyless car entry by keycard, and dedicated carshare parking spaces for each vehicle. Users pay an annual fee and cars are available by an hourly rate which includes petrol, insurance, maintenance, and cleaning. Most vehicles are late model hatchbacks or sedans and each car is located in an onstreet carpark or offstreet carpark in a highly populated part of the CBD or city fringe. Cityhop has partnered with Z Energy to provide carshare carparks on service station forecourts.

As of 2016 Cityhop vehicles have been used by over 5000 people since its inception. Cityhop currently operates 30 vehicles for more than 2000 drivers. Due to increasing congestion in Auckland, Auckland Transport has considered implementing a wide scale electric car share scheme.

References

Cityhop Wikipedia


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