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French automaker introduces its all-electric car-sharing service to Lisbon

French automotive colossus PSA Group has formally announced the introduction of its Emov all-electric car-sharing service to a second European city. The rollout of the fleet will begin in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon next month.

The initial phase of the program in Lisbon will see the deployment of 150 Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles. The service was first launched in Madrid in 2016, and the Spanish technology firm has claimed that they've built a base of 160,000 customers since its inception in the Spanish capital.

Representatives of Emov also claim that a standout feature of the new service being deployed in Lisbon is that beyond the city center, the service will enable users to start and end their journey close to the airport facilities. In addition to this, it has been disclosed that both residents and tourists will be able to access the service through smartphones.

EO of Emov, Fernando Izquierdo, has said the time was right for the innovative company to expand its operations following the consolidation of its success in Madrid.

He said, "In little more than a year, we've consolidated the Emov service in Madrid and it's always been one of our aims to broaden the scope of the project and operate in other domestic and international cities. Right now we're focusing our efforts on the launch in Lisbon, but we haven't ruled out the possibility of extending it to another large Spanish city before the end of the year."

The Spanish firm has also outlined its plans to deploy a corporate accounts solution which enables large entities, SMEs and start-ups to manage employee travel with cost savings of up to 50% compared with that of conventional car and driver solutions.

Emov is a Spanish company that is based in Madrid borne out of a strategic alliance between high-tech integral urban mobility services firm Eysa and Free2Move, Groupe PSA's new mobility services brands