Car2go North America is continuing to roll out across the US, this time in Seattle, with a network of 330 Smart Fortwo cars available for shared use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership is open now here.

Car2go, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler, bases its carsharing concept on technologies that allow an entire community to use and share cars collaboratively. Members can just swipe a card on any available vehicle – even without having previously made a reservation – then drive the car as long as they choose to, and drop it off somewhere in the local "Home Area," making it instantly ready for the next member to use. Seattle will make the 18th global city to see introduction of Car2go's services. The cost? 38 cents a minute.

For a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code SOUND will receive 30 free minutes of driving time and, for now, the one-time $35 membership fee is being waived.

The Seattle venture is a little bit different than the San Diego Car2go project, which just celebrated a year in operation. San Diego offers an all-electric carsharing fleet, which is getting a lot of interest in the market. The Seattle operation is offering traditional (if that word applies at all) non-electric Smart Fortwo mini-cars.
car2go Introduces a New Way of Carsharing in Seattle, Washington
- Large network of car2go vehicles available for shared use beginning Dec. 19, 2012
- Registration opens today with free membership for a limited time

SEATTLE, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go North America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America, will start its carsharing service in Seattle on Dec. 19 by introducing a network of 330 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles that will be available for shared use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership opens today at seattle.car2go.com.

"car2go will soon be one of many ways that people can get around our city," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "We welcome this new, innovative transportation choice for Seattle residents and visitors."

car2go member registration opens online Dec. 6 at Seattle.car2go.com. For a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code SOUND will receive 30 free minutes of driving time, and currently the one-time $35 membership fee is being waived.

"I welcome car2go to Seattle. As chair of the Transportation Committee, one of my goals has been to provide Seattle residents with more transportation choices that make it easier and cheaper to get around the city. Carshare systems, like car2go, are a convenient, affordable option for people who want to reduce or eliminate the costs of car ownership," says City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

"The City of Seattle will now have access to the most technologically advanced carsharing program in the market," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "The car2go edition smart fortwo is specifically designed with technologies that allow an entire community to use and share cars collaboratively. Members gain access to a car2go with a swipe of a card, drive the car for as long as they'd like, simply end their rental anywhere within the car2go Home Area, and instantly the car becomes available for the next person to use."

Cole went on to say, "car2go is a great complement to existing public transportation, it has been a proven success in 17 cities around the world, and we look forward to bringing this new form of transportation to the City of Seattle."

A Different Way to Carshare
car2go provides unmatched flexibility and convenience with a free-floating network of cars that are available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members have unlimited access to car2go 24 hours a day, seven days a week; they can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a mandatory return time or location.

Members will be able to locate a car via a smartphone app, via the car2go vehicle finder on the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street, anywhere within the 42-square-mile car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car: https://seattle.car2go.com/pdf/Seattle-home-area.pdf.

When the member is finished using the vehicle, he or she can park at any city non-restricted metered or un-metered spaces with time limits of two hours or greater, or on-street in any residential neighborhood within the car2go Home Area. Parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.

Members can use car2go by the minute, and they pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.

For more information, or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit Seattle.car2go.com, follow @car2goSeattle on Twitter or become a fan of car2go on Facebook at facebook.com/car2go.Seattle.

About car2go
A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, car2go offers an innovative mobility solution redefining individual transportation in rapidly growing urban areas by offering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart fortwo vehicles for rent. It provides an innovative mode of "on-demand" transportation, which complements existing public transportation alternatives by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the "first and last mile" of a public transit commute.

car2go is currently operational in 17 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; Cologne, Germany and London (UK). 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 electric drive vehicles in each city. In November 2012, 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. car2go will open in Seattle, Washington in December 2012 and in Birmingham, England in early 2013.

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 media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.

About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-BenzVans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.

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 on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles 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 to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, 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


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      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been using Car2Go for a few months now. I live in a compact city with great public transit, very bike and pedestrian friendly and a city that also has zipcar. First off, can't compare it to ZipCar. They are totally different beasts. ZipCar is great for hour long or longer planned trips where you know you'll return to a specific destination. ZipCar has a fleet that includes trucks and other larger vehicles which makes it great for hauling. Car2Go is more for quick one-way trips, or spontaneous, "oh, there's a Car2Go, I guess I'll skip walking in the rain and take one" type trips. The good? It's easy. You know what you are getting. They are small, they are zippy. They are easy to park in small spaces. Car2Go is not always so great on freeways (mmmm, try being wedged in the middle of two giant semis, or big winds on a bridge...whew, scary). The bad? Sigh. I'm VERY frustrated with Car2Go right now and here's why: National Customer Service BLOWS. Local is good. Excessive long hold times. Lack of coordination & communication between national office and local office. Local office closes after 6 and on weekends which means you are stuck calling the national office in case there are are problems...and you will experience problems. Note I take Car2Go about 3-4 times a week and right now I'm batting about 1/3 of trips that have issues: Doors that don't shut all the way, and you can't read the card reader in the dark rain so you think you'll have ended your rental only to be charged $72 dollars for a whole night. Warning, they will give you a pass once, but if it happens again you'll need to pay for their design flaw. Cars that will say "you are out of the Car2Go area" when you are clearly in it according to their apps and website, and then you won't be able to end your rental. Then you'll need to call the SOS number where you might be put on hold for 10 minutes and well, there's nothing zippy or easy about that CardReaders are fickle. Wet out? GOOD LUCK. And suddenly this weekend, for no apparent reason the national office could pinpoint, my card reader suddenly stopped working. The national office was completely unhelpful: "Your account is in good standing. We will let the local office know". It's now been 48 hours and 1 full day into the work week and no one has called me back or contacted me by email, no nothing. Sure was fun walking in the mud and be late because their reader wouldn't accept my card even though I had reserved said car online with no issues. No one ever seems to answer the local office's phone. Never. Annoying. Other major issues as well. Anyway, I'm ranting, I know, but just Yelp Car2Go Portland to see some of the negative reviews. People are spot on about the problems. In summary: Car2Go is a great idea and option, but it's still very much working the kinks out. It's not always reliable and customer service, especially on the national level, is really weak.
      Jess B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow - thanks to "parkermuse" for her candid insights on the poor customer service of Car2Go. I hope they fix all the issues, otherwise, they'll ruin car-sharing for everyone else.
      Erik Goossens
      • 2 Years Ago
      When oh when will Car2Go come to SF?! 1-way car rentals within a defined bubble is an awesome solution.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Erik Goossens
        San Francisco will soon see Car2Go. The local smart dealer just received a batch of about 100 cars. They are currently in a lot in Potrero Hill. I am very excited. One way rentals are awesome!
      Jess B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Washington D.C. has Car2Go and it's been a smashing success! These blue-white Smart ForTwos are everywhere and as a pedestrian who walks all over the city daily, I see them being put to good use all the time by residents! We also have ZipCar and Hertz OnDemand daily rentals in Washington D.C. and all three companies appear to be doing well. There's a huge consumer market here in D.C. with tons of demand, especially due to the inclement weather (tons of thunderstorms, rain, humidity, searing heat, and some snow, ice, etc.) Plus, our WMATA metro subway system has been on the decline for years due to deferred maintenance and NTSB safety recommendations (following the widely-publicized June 2009 crash that killed dozens of passengers in Fort Totten, Maryland). The WMATA metro system is now furiously working to implement NTSB's safety recommendations and repair all the track/train issues. That has resulted in widespread closures nearly every weekend so locals are either taking the bus, walking, biking, or using these car-sharing services on the weekends to get around the city.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      We already have Zipcar here, with preferential parking spots all over the city. I guess we'll see if the city can support two car sharing services.
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