The Witkar Cooperative Assn. in Amsterdam has introduced an experimental form of alternative public transportation: electric rental cars. The second stage of operations is completing the phasing-in of the computer system which will handle all the procedures involved in the rental process. The first stage tested the design of the cars and stations, and involved a marathon with 2 electric cars. Only 214 kilowatt-hours of electricity were needed to recharge both cars, which resulted in an energy cost of only $4.28 for 280 miles. Some design changes were implemented in this stage, and the effort now is aimed at increasing membership and number of rides paid for. Witkar is a nonprofit association and all costs are paid for by membership fees, advertising, and rental fees. The inauguration of the program is occurring simultaneously with Amsterdam's effort to reduce parking spaces and overall traffic density in the city. Since the program began in March 1974, transportation experts from all over the world have come to inspect the technical aspects of the system. The city government has provided only a small amount of financial assistance thus far, since the third stage, which will complete the network with 15 stations and 105 cars, must be implemented before licensing will be given. Despite this fact however, the program has progressed steadily, and membership has increased during its initial stages of operation.

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    Marketing Services, Incorporated

    965 East Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI  United States  48207
  • Authors:
    • Senger, W M
  • Publication Date: 1975-11-17

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  • Pagination: p. 12
  • Serial:
    • Automotive News
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 4571
    • Publisher: Crain Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0005-1551

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  • Accession Number: 00128655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1981 12:00AM