Seat will expand its car sharing company Respiro to a second location just outside Barcelona at L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on November 14.
The Spanish car manufacturer launched Respiro in Madrid this summer after acquiring the car sharing company in February 2018 and it now has over 15,000 users. Seat has previously stated that it is transitioning to becoming a mobility services provider that goes beyond vehicle manufacturing. It has been tasked by parent company Volkswagen Group to be the lead on affordable electric vehicles and to create mobility services in the collaborative, shared, sustainable economy.
The Respiro car sharing fleet in L’Hospitalet will be made up of 16 Seats that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Seat is then expecting to expand the fleet further when the electric Mii goes on sale early next year.
Lucas Casasnovas, who was recently appointed as Seat's head of urban mobility, said: “This launch in L’Hospitalet, one of the frontrunner cities on mobility issues, is a further step in our commitment to improving mobility in cities.
“We want to make eco friendly solutions available to the public by hours or days, depending on their travel needs both inside and outside the city.”
Seat also recently announced its move into corporate carsharing to cover the needs of businesses and provide them with cars by the minute, hour and day in the city centre, at the dealership and place of work as well.
Núria Marín, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat mayor and president of the Spanish network of smart cities, said: “The implementation of Respiro in L’Hospitalet will enable us to counter the effects of climate change and air pollution, as promoting carsharing is precisely one of the measures included in L’Hospitalet’s sustainable urban mobility plan.
“We continue to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UNO by the target date of 2030.”