Daimler Car-Share Program Reports 6,000 Members There
The Car2Go car-share service, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corp, is adding 30 battery electric Smart vehicles in Portland, Ore. this week as it reports signing up 6,000 customers since launching with 250 gasoline cars there on March 31.
“Collectively Car2Go Portland members use the service more than 4,500 times a week,” the company says. “The average distance driven in a Car2Go is between three and six miles, and a typical trip lasts from 30 to 45 minutes.”
“Adding electric vehicles is the next step in an already successful car-sharing collaboration between the city and Car2Go,” Portland Mayor Sam Adams says in a Car2Go release. “Emissions-free car-sharing is a natural progression.”
“Adding electric cars to our network will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for Portland to maintain its title as one of the greenest cities in the world,” said Car2Go president Nick Cole.
Miami Is Next for Gasoline Smarts
Car2Go notes that its members pay only for the time they use their car, by the minute, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use, and that vehicles may be left in any legal on-street parking space in the service area, including metered, non-metered and residential neighborhood parking spaces. “Members do not need to drive the car back to its original location or commit to a predetermined amount of time,” Daimler says. “They can simply drive the car for as long as they need it, park the car at their individual destination, end the rental by swiping the card on the windshield reader, and instantly the car becomes available for the next member to use.”
Car2Go is also expanding the Portland service area, to some 37 square miles.
Car2Go, which began with gasoline Smart cars in the U.S. in Austin and has fielded a fleet of battery Smart cars in San Diego, is also branching to Miami, with 240 gasoline Smart cars and a formal launch on July 28. Gasoline Smarts are available via Car2Go in Vancouver and Washington, D.C. too, and in a number of European cities. Like San Diego, Amsterdam has a fleet of battery Smarts.
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Source: Daimler Car2Go release, Fleets & Fuels follow-up