Vancouver Launches car2go Electric Car-Sharing Program
Daimler has announced plans to launch its car2go car-sharing scheme in Vancouver by June 2011, using 225 all-electric smart fortwo models.
car2go uses a "free-floating" model of car sharing, where cars are available throughout the city and can be accessed "on-demand" or reserved up to 24 hours in advance. car2go members can use car2go smartphone apps, the car2go website or a telephone hotline to find the nearest vehicle within the 47-square-kilometre pickup and drop-off area.
Starting today until May 29, 2011, Vancouver residents can pre-register for their car2go membership without having to pay the registration fee (a $35 CAD value) at www.car2govancouver.com using Promo Code: VAN.
The car2go program is already very successful in Ulm/Germany and Austin/Texas with a total of more than 35.000 members. There have been more than 600,000 fully automated rental transactions, averaging between 10 and 60 minutes.
car2go was also recently introduced in Hamburg, Germany, and becomes operational in Amsterdam in the Netherlands at the end of 2011. As a city whose mandate is to become the world's greenest city by 2020, Vancouver was a natural choice for the expansion of car2go in North America.
"We're very excited that car2go will be making its Canadian debut in Vancouver," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Our goal is to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, and providing cleaner transportation options is a big part of that. We want to ensure that we provide a full range of sustainable transportation options for our citizens, and car2go's unique car-sharing model is a great fit for Vancouver."
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