Wildsight wants to bring an environmentally friendly vehicle sharing service to Invermere.
The Conservation Group is raising funds to launch an electric rideshare program in Invermere.
Vice President Cam Gilles says their goal is to purchase an eVehicle, which can then be rented out by residents.
“We now have a developing network of charging stations throughout the Kootenays and that’s been really important in order to make this happen,” Gilles says. “There are now good charging stations throughout the East Kootenay, that’s a critical piece of the puzzle.”
He says this could introduce drivers to new, environmentally-friendly technology.
“It provides a transportation opportunity for people that don’t have cars. Its an option for people that don’t want to own a car or can own a car but they just need a car for once in a while,” Gilles says. “They could just rent this car for a day, an hour or whatever they need.”
Gilles expects the service will cost $80,000 to launch.
He says if this project is successful, it could be one of the first ride share programs in North America using electric vehicles.
He hopes to have the service up and running by late 2018 or early 2019.
– Wildsight Invermere Vice President, Cam Gilles