After serving nearly three million users in South Korea with a fleet of 9000 cars in the past 5 years, SOCAR is now in Malaysia. Launched yesterday, SOCAR bridges the gap in the existing multi-flex transport system with their on-demand car sharing service.
Although SOCAR is a private service, they teamed up with the Malaysian government in their initiative to provide Malaysian commuters with an affordable option in the last leg of their journey. To support their efforts, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Hajah Nancy binti Shukri, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, officiated the launch.
The SOCAR Car Sharing Service
To explain the concept behind the SOCAR car sharing service, is Leon Foong, CEO of SOCAR Malaysia.
The service runs off the SOCAR smartphone app, which allows you to book your car of choice for anything between 30 minutes to a whole week. The app also functions as a vehicle locater and smart key. Locking and unlocking the car is simply a matter of pressing a button in the app.
Vehicle Price & Availability
The SOCAR app is free to download from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. Registration is free, although you will need to pay RM 10 when you key in a credit or debit card for the first time.
The SOCAR service is only available in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. Their current fleet consists of 240 cars, made up of these four models :
- MINI Cooper (3 Door) : RM 25 per hour
- Honda HR-V : RM 18.90 per hour
- Honda City : RM 9.90 per hour
- Perodua Axia : RM 8 per hour
The fee includes insurance, petrol and reserved parking at the pick-up and drop-off point. Every vehicle comes with a free mileage allocation of 30 km per hour booked. Anything beyond that will incur a small charge of RM 0.25 per km.
In certain areas, you can request for a Door-2-Door (D2D) service for just RM 5. A SOCAR driver will drop off the car at your location, and pick it up once you’re done. Super convenient!
They also offer a Stress Free Pass, which allows you to book a car after busy working hours and return it the next day. This is perfect for corporate users who just need a convenient car to commute between the office and home.