Dutch company claims its ride-sharing EV will last for 1 million miles

Startup is touting all-electric, modular vehicles for about $160 a month.

A Dutch startup is touting what it says will be "the first car specifically designed to be shared" and is planning to have prototypes on the road by next year. Amber Mobility, which is based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, says its battery-electric Amber One will have a "lifespan" of about 1 million miles. The company joined with leasing company Athlon and ABN AMRO bank and has invested $67 million of its own money to get the project off the ground.

The Amber One will have a single-charge range of about 250 miles and a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. The 1,400-pound vehicle will have a modular design as well as autonomous-driving features, and will be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds. While the company doesn't get into more specifics, it did say the vehicle will be built specifically for car-sharing in mind. In fact, the cars won't be for sale.

Part of Amber Mobility's pitch is that the typical car sits idle for all but one hour per day, making the company's proposition a money-saving one. So instead of buying or leasing a vehicle, customers will pay 33 euros a week, or about $160 a month, for a car-sharing subscription. Amber Mobility envisions entering markets with enough vehicles so that no car is more than a 30-minute walk from a prospective user. "Small scale production" of the car is slated to begin in 2018 for usage in Eindhoven, which is about 80 miles north of Amsterdam, and there are plans to expand to more cities thereafter. Check out Amber Mobility's website here.

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