parking_meters.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined officials from BMW Monday to announce a new electric car-sharing service, as well as a program that allows drivers to reserve parking spaces at various locations around the city.

The DriveNow and ParkNow services were unveiled at a news conference at Civic Center Plaza Monday that featured four of the new all-electric BMW ActiveE vehicles, part of the car-sharing program’s fleet of 70 vehicles located at eight stations in San Francisco and the Peninsula.

Lee said the car-sharing program, which launched in June, will make San Francisco “more sustainable in our mobility” and said it is a case of the city “getting greener and smarter.”

The rate is $12 for the first 30 minutes of driving, followed by 32 cents for each additional minute, with a cap at $90 per day. The cars can be picked up and dropped off at any of the eight stations.

BMW also unveiled the ParkNow program, available as a smartphone app or on its website, that will allow drivers to pay in advance to park at one of the service’s 14 locations in San Francisco, at San Francisco International Airport and in Palo Alto.

The program, which launches next month, will eventually include more than 100 additional locations, BMW officials said.

More information about the programs can be found on BMW’s website at

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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