Today marked the launch of GoTo, Malta’s first car sharing facility. GoTo will be operated by CAR2GO Israel as part of an agreement with Transport Malta, and already has close to 1000 registered users. GoTo aims to change how we view ownership of cars. Instead of having one car for every person, a problem that already exists in Malta, a car is owned collectively, and used only when needed.
How does it work?
Firstly, you’ll need to download the app for iOS or Android. After that, you’ll need to register an account, which will give you access to 150 electrical cars around Malta and Gozo, from 68 locations.
It will also allow you book any available car up to 15 minutes before your journey starts. After you check the car to make sure there are no damages, you just get into the car, and drive it to the prearranged parking bay. When you arrive, you simply leave the car at one of the reserved parking bays.
Every journey costs 28c per minute, which covers charging, insurance, and any parking fees. But, since it’s a flat rate, if you get more people to share the ride with you, you can split the cost.
Something we would have loved to see is if some of the cars come with a bike rack. Since parking spots might not be exactly where you want to go, biking the rest of the way could have been another cool option.
Something else that we think would make this even better was if they also offered smaller, single passenger vehicles. Sure, it might still be 28c, and no chance of car pooling. But because of the smaller vehicle, you could potentially skip any traffic during your commute, meaning it ends up being cheaper anyway.
What do you think? Will you be using GoTo? Let us know in the comment section below.