car2go Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Electric Vehicle Carsharing in San
--More than 12,500 members register for North America's first all-electric
--New EV charging depot set to be unveiled in the East Village
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --car2go North America LLC, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of DaimlerNorth America Corporation, celebrates today
its first full year of business inSanDiego,homeofNorth America'sfirst
all-electric carsharing network. Since the launch of car2go in San Diego in
November 2011, more than 12,500 people have registered as members of car2go,
and more than 200,000 trips have been taken in the smart fortwo electric drive
car2go vehicles. In aceremonialribboncuttingat the car2go office
tonight,the company will unveil the new car2go Charging Depot in the East
Village, further demonstratingits commitment to bringing the best urban
mobility solutions to the City of San Diego and its residents.
"As we celebrate the success of car2go in San Diego today, we mark a very
importantmoment in the history of modern transportation and electric-vehicle
adoption," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America LLC.
"In just one year, car2go members and the City of San Diegohave embraced an
entirely new form of mobility, our members have adaptedtheir lifestyle to
include a diverse mix of clean transportation options,and collectively they
are truly setting an outstanding example to the rest of the world in terms of
Cole went on to say, "It is the mission of car2go to provide the most
convenient, flexible and fun transportation solutions to our members. The
introduction of the new car2go Charging Depot will bring an entirely new level
of availability and ease of use to car2go members in San Diego, and we expect
to have a very positive response from the community."
Priortothelaunchofcar2goin Nov. 2011, there were reportedly 800
electricvehicles (EV) inSan Diego. Withtheintroductionof car2go, an
additional300smartfortwo electric drive cars have been brought to San
Diego,increasingthecity'stotalnumber of EVs by nearly 40 percent.
Since the introduction of car2go, the EV community in San Diego has grown
exponentially to nearly 13,500 EV users, making San Diego one of the top
cities in the world for electric vehicle drivers.
Today, the 300 car2go vehicles are collectively used among more than 12,500
members of the car2go carsharing program in San Diego, and that number
continues to grow each day. car2go launched in San Diego with approximately
500 tripsper week. Today the average number of car2go trips per week has
increased to between 5,000 and 6,000. The average trip lasts less than 30
minutes, and the average distance driven in a car2go is between 3 and 7 miles.
Unveiling the New car2go Charging Depot
To keep up with the growing demand for electric-vehicle carsharing in San
Diego, car2go will unveil a new EV charging depot in the East Village this
week during its one year anniversary celebration and a ceremonial ribbon
cutting. This new charging depot will feature 30 BLINK charging stations and
will allow the car2go Fleet Team to charge vehicles during off-peak hours,
thus increasing the availability of car2gos during peak hours.
Although the car2go Fleet Team re-charges vehicles continually throughout each
day, members are asked to end their trips at a charging station if the level
of charge drops below 20 percent during their trip. Currently there are
approximately 45 publicEV charging stations located within the car2go Home
Area (http://sandiego.car2go.com/SanDiegoOperatingArea.pdf), but the car2go
Charging Depot will nearly double that number, further demonstrating the
company's commitment to bringing the most convenient carsharing options to its
members. Details for the one year anniversary event are as follows.
WHO: car2go CEO Nicholas Cole and the car2go San Diego Team
WHAT: One Year Anniversary Celebration & Unveiling of the New car2go
WHEN: November 29, 2012 (Event begins at 5:30 PM, Ribbon Cutting To Take
Place at 6:30 PM)
WHERE: car2go San Diego Office, 630 10th Avenue, San Diego 92101
How It Works
car2go members can easily locate a car on the street anywhere within the
car2goHomeArea,via a smartphone app, via the car2go vehicle finder on
thecar2gowebsite,bycallingthecustomer call center, or simply by finding
anavailablecaronthe street. Unlike traditional carsharing, members can
begin their trip spontaneously or reserve a vehicle up to 15 minutes in
advance without committing to a mandatory return time or specific location.
Members can use the cars for as long as they would like and pay only for the
time they use the vehicle. Parking, insurance, re-charging and maintenance are
included at no additional cost, and there are no annual fees.
Register Now! Lifetime Membership + 30 Minutes of Driving for $10
car2go iscurrentlyofferingalifetimemembership plus 30 minutes of driving
time for just $10. Those interested in becoming a car2go member can register
at SanDiego.car2go.com with the promotion code FALL2012 to redeem this offer.
Awholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, car2go offers an innovative mobility
solutionredefiningindividual transportationinrapidly growing urban
areasbyoffering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart
fortwovehiclesforrent. It provides an innovative mode of "on-demand"
transportation, whichcomplementsexistingpublictransportation alternatives
by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the "first and last mile" of a
public transit commute.
car2go is currently operational in 16 cities worldwide: Austin, Texas;
Vancouver, British Columbia; San Diego, California; Washington, D.C.;
Portland, Oregon; Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta;Miami, Florida; Ulm,
Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Vienna, Austria;
Dusseldorf, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Stuttgart, Germany and Cologne,
Germany. In November 2011, car2go launched the world's largest all-electric
vehicle carsharing network in the cities of San Diego, California, and
Amsterdam,Netherlands, with the deployment of 300 car2go smart fortwo
electricdrivevehicles ineach city. Today car2go launched its third
all-electric carsharing network in the city of Stuttgart, also with 300 car2go
smart fortwo electric drive vehicles. Currently, there are more than 250,000
car2go members worldwide.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned
international acclaim: In 2012, car2go was named the "Best Carshare" by the
Vancouver Courier. In September 2010, car2go was recognized by the Austin
Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive
impact on traffic in the city. The same month, car2go received the "Clean Tech
Media Award" in the category of "Mobility" in Berlin. In May 2010, car2go was
honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its prestigious
"2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award."
Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With
its divisionsMercedes-Benz Cars,DaimlerTrucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans,
DaimlerBusesand Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of
thebiggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of
commercialvehicleswithaglobal reach. Daimler Financial Services provides
financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the
invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive
engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The
Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as onsafe
andsuperiorautomobilesthatappealtoandfascinateits customers. For
manyyears now, Daimler has been investing continually in
thedevelopmentofalternative drive systems withthe goal of making
emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles
with hybriddrive,Daimlernow has the broadest rangeoflocally
emission-freeelectricvehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is
just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its
responsibility toward society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the
world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand
portfolio includes, in addition tothe world'smost valuable premium
automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner,
WesternStar, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The
company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock
exchange symbol DAI). In 2011, the Group sold 2.1 million vehicles and
employed a workforce of more than 271,000 people; revenue totaled €106.5
billion and EBIT amounted to € 8.8 billion.
SOURCE car2go North America LLC
Contact: Katie Stafford, car2go North America, mobile: +1-512-497-5826,
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