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Volume 9 / November, 2011

Modo's red electric vehicle.


Modo members: you’re now the owners of the only fully electric vehicle for carsharing in Western Canada. We took delivery of a Nissan LEAF last month and on November 1st the vehicle was available for booking. After some media attention the vehicle has been featured on blogs and will be included in Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association’s 2012 calendar.


We’re excited our members have the opportunity to go fully electric for short city trips. A full charge will last about 140 km; you shouldn’t need to re-charge during a booking. Because the vehicle is fully electric, it’s important for members to charge the vehicle between each trip.


Before you go on your first trip with this vehicle, please review our pictorial ‘how-to’ guide on getting started. Facebook Like Button

in this issue

modo invoices

modo moves

winter driving: stay safe

modo mojo: the gift of carsharing

'own your own' this holiday

upcoming events

seeking modo board members

featured items

modo invoices

This month we rolled out a new invoicing process. In the past, we had four different delivery methods and now we have two: email notification to log in to our secure website, or hard copy by mail.


Logging in to our booking site, Engage, is secure because member account information is encrypted. Sending invoices through email (as text or as an attached PDF) was never a secure option.


If it’s been a while since you last logged in, try using the reset password function. Or just call our Member Care Co-ordinators at 604.685.1393 and we’d be happy to help you out. If you’d prefer not to log in to our site at all, give us a call and we’ll make sure you receive your invoice as a hard copy by mail.

Modo invoices are securely stored online.

modo moves

We've been busy this fall upgrading our fleet. Modo has several new vehicles plus many neighbourhood upgrades to tell you about. We hope you enjoy the changes:


Burnaby – SFU Campus

NEW LOCATION at SFU – Residence Parking, a 2007 red Dodge Grand Caravan.


Vancouver – Commercial Drive

VEHICLE UPGRADE at WISE Hall, a 2011 blue Nissan Sentra sedan.


VEHICLE UPGRADE at Astorino's, a 2010 blue Honda Insight hybrid hatchback.


VEHICLE UPGRADE at Broadway SkyTrain, a 2007 red Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van (a minivan with the rear seats removed).


Vancouver – Main Street Corridor + Mount Pleasant

NEW VEHICLES + NEW LOCATION at 1 Kingsway (Mount Pleasant Community Centre) on Kingsway between 7th and 8th Avenues, a 2011 grey Honda CRV sports wagon and a 2012 red Toyota Matrix hatchback.


VEHICLE UPGRADE at Main Street SkyTrain, a 2010 blue Nissan Cube hatchback.


Vancouver – Cambie Corridor

NEW VEHICLE at CIty Hall Surface Lot, a 2011 silver Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.


NEW VEHICLE + NEW LOCATION at City Hall Surface Lot – Electric Charging Station, a 2011 red Nissan LEAF, fully electric hatchback.


VEHICLE UPGRADE at W 13th + Columbia, a 2010 blue Nissan Sentra sedan.


Vancouver – South Granville +  False Creek

VEHICLE UPGRADE at Avalon, a 2011 grey Mazda 2 hatchback.


Vancouver – West End

VEHICLE UPGRADE at Harbourview, a 2011 blue Mazda 2 hatchback.



VEHICLE UPGRADE at UBC – Hampton Place, a 2012 red Nissan Juke sports wagon.


Phew! Looking for more locations? You can find them at Facebook Like Button

winter driving: stay safe

Each year during snow season Modo encourages members to think carefully about driving in snowy conditions: do you really need to make that trip? If not, cancel it. Our cancellation policy is that you only get charged 50% of the original hourly charge if you cancel ahead of time. With 12 hours’ notice, your cancellation charge drops to zero.


Work Safe BC’s website has tips for safe winter driving, including: “Don’t know? Don’t go.” We couldn’t agree more. However, if you do need to drive, check weather conditions prior to your trip. Book extra time in case you need to clear a snow bank around a Modo vehicle or scrape windshields. Year-round, Modo stocks ice scrapers in the driver’s side door pocket and snow tires are available on about 10% of our fleet.

Modo ice scrapers are in the driver's side door pocket.

modo mojo: the gift of carsharing

We know gift-giving is likely on your mind and Modo would love to help out with this suggestion: the gift of carsharing. Modo Mojo is available all year round and can be purchased in any amount. The Mojo can be applied as carsharing credit for existing Modo members or toward shares or fees for new members.


If you’re interested in purchasing Modo Mojo for someone who’s not yet a member, make sure they’re eligible to join. Contact us for details on how to purchase: or 604.685.1393. Tweet Button

How about the gift of carsharing this year?

'own your own' this holiday

You live local; you work local; you play local: why not buy local? In BC 98% of businesses are small and owned by locals. This holiday, when BC residents spend an average $1400 on gifts and entertainment, try to avoid the big box trap and shift some of your spending towards local businesses. Shifting just 10% of your spending towards local businesses this holiday season can build the Metro Vancouver's economy by $331 million dollars.


LOCO promotes local businesses because they support the principles of sustainability. Local businesses are better for the planet because local food and products don't get shipped around the globe; they are better for our communities because they keep our cities unique by making sure we keep a mix of diverse businesses instead of the same big chains. And local businesses are better for the economy because these businesses buy products and services from other local businesses, circulating money and creating genuine wealth. Buy local this holiday.

Go LOCO this holiday.

upcoming events

Drive on the Line, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26
Blanket BC and operators of the Canada Line launch its third annual Drive on the Line, collecting warm donations including socks, scarves, mittens, toques and of course, blankets. From 8am to 5pm this Friday and Saturday you can bring your donations to any of the following stations: Waterfront, Vancouver City Centre, Broadway City Hall, Oakridge, Bridgeport, Templeton, and Richmond Brighouse. To learn more visit


The Future of Carsharing, Tuesday November 29

CarbonTalks hosts a lunch time panel and this time it’s all about carsharing. Bring your lunch to SFU Harbour Centre room 1600 and hear from each of the three carsharing organizations in Metro Vancouver: Modo, Zipcar, and car2go. Learn a bit about Modo’s history and how carsharing is helping to shape sustainable transportation in our region. And come out to support your favourite local co-op!


Power Plant VIII, Tuesday Novebmer 29

Power Plant is back! The Winter Series kicks off November 29 at Edible Canada on Granville Island. Modo is the official transportation sponsor of the event, helping the organizers (LimeLightEvents) get around by carsharing. Confirmed speakers include Suzanne and Madeleine from Lunapads, Mickey from Salt Spring Coffee , ‘Queen of Green’ Lindsay from the David Suzuki Foundation, and Emily from eatART. Get your tickets to this fresh event all about networking with green leaders.


Aunt Leah's Thrift Store Grand Opening, Friday Decebmer 2

Wrapping up our events section with more giving and donating: Aunt Leah’s Thrift Store will re-open December 2nd in the Lee Building on Broadway and Main Street in Vancouver. They’re seeking quality furnishings, clothing, and fashion accessories. Please contact Angelina Oates regarding donations at or phone 604.525.1204, ext 232.


The thrift store is a social enterprise for Aunt Leah’s. This non-profit helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers from losing custody of their children. Aunt Leah’s provides job training and coaching on essential life skills. And Aunt Leah’s is a Modo business member.

seeking modo board members

It's that time of the year again: Modo is calling out to shareholding members who are interested in joining our Board of Directors. At this year's AGM in January, we'll be electing four members to the board.


The Board of Directors provides guidance to our co-op and all shareholding members are eligible to run. The full job description, qualifications sought, and application details (including the nomination form) can be found here. The deadline for submissions is noon, Friday January 6, 2012. Submissions are to be made to Tweet Button

Calling all qualified Modo members.

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