How to start and drive a Goto car - a step-by-step tutorial

GoTo cars are super environmentally friendly because they are electric. To some people, this is a big plus. However, electric cars in Malta are not that common and, therefore, some of us may have never driven one.

If you have been waiting to try a GoTo car but are not sure about where to start because you have never driven an electric car before, here’s a detailed step-by-step process to help you hop on and go for the next time you need a car sharing car.

1. Get set-up and verified as a car sharing driver

In order to just hop into a GoTo car, you need to register and we need to first verify that you have a valid driving licence. Once you have been verified, you will not need to keep providing your paperwork. You just upload a copy of your ID and driving licence to our system once during the registration process. Once you’re verified, you can download the app and begin using the service.

2. Book the car

Open the GoTo app (iOS, Android) and choose One-Way or Roundtrip from the top menu tabs. When you choose One-Way, you can pick up any one of our electric cars from the street. Click on any car icon in your vicinity to see the percentage charge, distance from where you are in metres and the number plate. Click ‘Reserve Car’. The car will be reserved for you for 15 minutes. The app will then ask you to navigate to the car or just click ‘I’m near the car’ and open the car right away.

When you choose Roundtrip you can book up to 3 months in advance. Start by pressing the ‘Plan Your Trip’ option. Click ‘Set Location’ and choose from where you want to pick a car. Then add the ‘Departure Date’ when you intend to pick up the car and the ‘Return’ date, when you intend to drop it.

3. You’ve made it into the vehicle, now you need to start the trip

If you book our One-Way car sharing electric Renault Zoe’s, you will see on the dashboard screen that you have four driving mode settings: P (Park), R (Reverse), N (Neutral) and D (Drive). To start the engine, you will need to put the gear lever in position ‘P’. Once this is done, push the break with your foot (this is the wider pedal – the Zoe only has two) and then you press the Start-Stop button. You will see a ‘Ready’ signal on the dashboard screen when this is done. This means you’re good to go!

If you’ve booked our Roundtrip service, you will get a Hybrid Toyota Yaris. The Hybrid Yaris is a pleasure to drive. All Toyota Yaris Hybrids are automatic. To start moving make sure the shift lever is in position 'P' (Park) and the handbrake is on. Press the brake pedal and then push the blue 'Power' button next to the steering wheel.

4. The next step is to drive

Put the car in Drive (D) or Reverse (R) mode, release the hand break, and press the gas pedal gently. If you find it hard to gauge an electric car because it has a silent engine, you can switch the ‘fake’ engine sound on using the sound button on the right-hand side under the steering wheel.

If you have difficulty starting or driving the car, you can use the CALL button on your dashboard to contact customer service. All our cars are equipped with a call button, which is your direct hotline to our customer service agents.

Once you’re close to your destination, you can end your trip by clicking the ‘End Your Trip’ button on the GoTo app and navigate to the closest available parking spot.