Car2go Brings First Electric Car Sharing Service To The U.S.

Car2go Brings First Electric Car Sharing Service To The U.S.

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Landis Carey
Jul 13, 2011

Launching this November, this San Diego, California program is "Car2go's second announced all-electric fleet—the company is also launching an electric car sharing service in Amsterdam later this year," writes Fast Company. Currently the Daimler AG program Car2go is servicing the Austin, Texas area with a fleet of Smart cars available for rent by the minute. A simplified version of Zipcar, Car2go aims to streamline car sharing by allowing users to pick up and drop off vehicles at designated areas, rather than returning them to their original rental location.

One common concern about electric vehicles is their range, or the distance they'll receive off one charge. To address this concern, Car2go CEO Nicholas Cole assures customers the company has carefully designed their program around this concern:

Cole is confident that members won't run out of charge on their Smart Fortwo journeys. "We took a hard look at our current model from a use standpoint in Austin. We see the average trip is less than five miles for our members, and the Smart Fortwo is rated at 84 miles per charge," he says. "We're confident that we'll be able to shift that charging burden to evenings." Members will also be able to see how much charge each vehicle has using the Car2go website and iPhone app. That way, users can opt to take fully-charged vehicles if they know they will be taking longer trips.

Click here for the full article from Fast Company.

(Image: via Fast Company)

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