GoCar, the vehicle-sharing service, has announced a significant investment of €10m in its Irish network as it continues to expand its presence across the country. In addition to this investment, GoCar has introduced two new vehicle types to its fleet, namely the ‘GoLocal’ and the ‘GoExplore Plus’. The ‘GoLocal’ is a smaller city vehicle designed for short trips, while the ‘GoExplore Plus’ is an SUV catering to families and longer journeys. These new additions aim to provide customers with more options to suit their needs.
The pricing for the ‘GoLocal’ model will be set at €9 per hour or €50 per day, while the ‘GoExplore Plus’ will cost €15 per hour or €80 per day. This pricing strategy aims to offer affordable and flexible transportation solutions to customers.
The €10m investment will not only enhance the availability of GoCar vehicles but also expand the range of options. As part of this investment, a total of 280 new vehicles will be added to 149 locations across the country, serving both urban and rural communities. This expansion will see the company’s fleet grow from 820 vehicles in January 2023 to 930 vehicles in July 2023. By the end of the year, the number of vehicles is expected to exceed 1100, with over 600 locations nationwide.
To complement this expansion, GoCar will be launching a new website and app, providing customers with a more user-friendly experience. In addition, the company plans to introduce a new loyalty programme later in 2023, rewarding customers for their continued support.
Paul McNeice, Head of Country for GoCar, expressed the company’s commitment to increasing the availability of sustainable and flexible transport options. He stated, “Our investment reflects our dedication to increasing the availability of sustainable and flexible transport options to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our expansion beyond traditional urban centres aligns with our mission to make car sharing more accessible for drivers across the country in all the regions.”
Research conducted by GoCar has highlighted the positive impact of the service on the environment and transportation habits. The study found that GoCar removes over 8,000 cars from Irish roads, contributing to a reduction in congestion and carbon emissions. Furthermore, 62% of GoCar customers abstain from car ownership altogether, while 57% actively use public transport. These figures demonstrate the growing popularity of car-sharing services and their role in promoting sustainable transportation.
GoCar’s investment in its Irish network, the introduction of new vehicle types, and the expansion of its fleet and locations reflect the company’s commitment to providing convenient and environmentally-friendly transportation options. With a focus on accessibility and sustainability, GoCar aims to meet the evolving needs of its customers and contribute to a greener future for Ireland.