HomeFundingDublin-based GoCar bags €10 million to expand and upgrade car-sharing fleet nationwide

Dublin-based GoCar bags €10 million to expand and upgrade car-sharing fleet nationwide

GoCar, one of Ireland’s leading vehicle-sharing services, announced an investment of €10 million in the expansion and enhancement of its current services across Ireland. The investment is part of GoCar’s commitment to providing sustainable and convenient mobility solutions to meet growing customer demand for alternative transport options to private vehicle ownership.

The €10 million investment will support increased vehicle availability and wider vehicle choices for customers throughout the country. A total of 280 new vehicles will be added across 149 locations, catering to both urban and rural communities. This expansion aims to provide users with a broader range of vehicle types, ensuring increased choice and flexibility when it comes to public transport options.

GoCar’s fleet has seen a rise from 820 vehicles in January 2023 to 930 vehicles in July 2023, with the current investment supporting further increase to more than 1100 vehicles in over 600 locations across 24 counties nationwide by the end of the year.

Paul McNeice, Head of Country for GoCar, said: “At GoCar, we believe in creating a community-led approach to mobility, becoming an integral part of the fabric of localities across the country. Our investment reflects our dedication to increasing the availability of sustainable and flexible transport options to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Over the past three years, we have been evolving beyond our legacy urban hubs in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and we are committed to making GoCar available in 24 counties across ROI by the end of 2023.”

GoCar will also be launching a new website and app designed to provide a more innovative and intuitive customer experience. Additionally, a new loyalty programme will be introduced, rewarding repeat customers for their continued use of car sharing services, with the launch planned for late 2023.

In response to the evolving preferences of its users, GoCar is introducing a variety of new vehicle types to its fleet. These new additions include the ‘GoLocal’ – a smaller city vehicle perfect for short urban trips, and the ‘GoExplore Plus’ – a spacious SUV catering to families and longer journeys.

Furthermore, GoCar aims to address the growing demand for electric vehicles in 2024 by collaborating with strategic partners to bolster the expansion of its ‘GoElectric’ range, providing environmentally conscious customers with sustainable transportation choices. Founded in 2008, there will be 1100 GoCar vehicles on Irish roads by the end of 2023, with hundreds of bases across the country.

Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo is the Head of News at EU-Startups. He has been extensively covering startups, venture capital and innovation ecosystems, including contributions to numerous publications such as Sifted, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Through his work as an editor and writer, he continues to shape the narrative surrounding the best stories of the tech world.

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