car2go, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, and the City of San Diego officially launched North America’s first all-electric carsharing network, making emissions-free driving a widely available and affordable transportation option for all of San Diego. Starting Friday, Nov. 18, the city will have on-demand access to a large network of electric drive cars.
“car2go has set a new milestone in terms of flexible and tailor-made individual mobility,” said Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for research and development.[ Also Read: Hertz Offers Electric Bicycles for Rental ]
The company began deploying 300 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles Friday in San Diego, which are now in service and available for use.
“car2go’s investment here is another major step toward making San Diego the nation’s electric-vehicle capital,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. “This carsharing program gives San Diegans a clean transportation option and complements walkable lifestyles in our city’s urban communities.”[ Also Read: Now Electric Motorcycles after Cars and Bicycles ]
Unlike traditional carsharing programs, car2go meets the daily needs of members by providing a free-floating network of vehicles that is available on-demand for point-to-point trips.
Members can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a return time or location.
San Diegans will now have access to the car2go network of electric vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they’re finished using the vehicle, members can park in a car2go-designated spot, at city non-restricted meters or on-street in residential neighborhoods within the car2go operating area.
Parking, recharging, insurance and maintenance are included. Members pay by the minute, and only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.