Free2Move is expanding to the West Coast this year — a move that signals the company feels confident in its business model, despite pandemic-related disruptions to the shared mobility space.
Free2Move, the short-term vehicle rental operation of Stellantis — the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France's PSA Group — operates a fleet for its app-based service that can be rented by the minute, hour or day in Washington, D.C.
Free2Move will bring a fleet of 200 Jeep Renegades to Portland, Ore., this spring or summer to expand upon the success of its operation in Washington over the past few years, the company said this month. The fleet could grow to 300 in its first year.
"Now that we've solidified ourselves in D.C. and we're understanding the business, understanding how it works, usage cases, it was time to start our expansion," Lynn Blake, PSA North America vice president for mobility, told Automotive News. "Portland actually has a rich history and background with car-sharing. We believed it was a great complement for us to go there amongst its other mobility services."