After one month of operation in Brooklyn, Car2go has over 13,000 members in its new locale. Users in what is now the carsharing service's fastest-growing market have already logged 55,000 miles for the Brooklyn fleet, with the average trip taking 22.45 minutes. The most popular destinations for Brooklyn users are The Barclays Center, Prospect Park and Williamsburg. Car2go has also announced its Mobile Access feature, which allows users to begin their trips with the mobile app as an alternative to using the member card. Read more in the press release below.
Nissan has announced its "No Charge To Charge" program for Atlanta. That means customers who buy or lease a Nissan Leaf at Atlanta dealerships will receive free charging at more than 12 fast-charging stations in the Atlanta area. Nissan is extending the program to customers who got their Leaf beginning November 1, 2014. Nissan offers "No Charge To Charge" in 12 other markets, with at least 12 more planned for the US. Read more in the press release below.
Tesla has named Ricardo Reyes as its communications chief. Reyes led Tesla's communications department until 2012, when he left the company to work from Square. Returning to Tesla, Reyes will oversee Tesla's online presence and public relations. After looking for someone like Reyes to fill the position, Tesla CEO Elon Musk eventually was able to bring the man himself back to the company. Read more at Businessweek.
Saleen delivers the 1st Saleen Tesla model, and provides additional drivetrain options.
Saleen Automotive Inc. (OTCQB: SLNN) Corona, CA – (November 20, 2014)
Saleen Automotive has begun deliveries of the Model S based Saleen FOURSIXTEEN, which comes only a short time after the successful new product launch in Pebble Beach, CA. This places Saleen Automotive Inc in an advantageous position in the rapidly growing electric performance car segment as the Saleen Tesla (ST) hits the streets.
"Keeping with our core competencies, we've accomplished concept-to-production in a short time," noted Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive. "Moving quickly in the automotive industry is paramount to maintaining (and gaining) marketshare, especially in such an advanced segment as the electric car market."
2015 ST Models on the Horizon
In addition to production on the current 2014 P85+ based sedan, Saleen is also taking orders on the 2015 model lineup. The updated 2015 drivetrain will present an additional opportunity for Saleen to increase cooling performance, aerodynamics and acceleration on the base 60 and 85, and P85D Model S chassis.
Advancements in the Model S base chassis drivetrain provide the 2015 ST models with additional ordering options: A single motor 380HP motor configuration and a dual motor 691HP motor configuration. As with the 2014 Saleen Tesla, both models will offer all available driveline options and Saleen specific technology such as the motor cooling systems and driveline enhancements.
With a starting MSRP of $124,500 after federal tax credits, the newly updated vehicle and configurations on the 2015 all-electric Saleen model will receive updated badging as well; The Saleen ST.
ST | 380
The 380HP base model will receive a myriad of additional upgrades including aerodynamics, aesthetics, braking, and Saleen specific suspension components as standard equipment. New for this model year is the 2+2 Saleen performance seating which is now standard on all ST models. Optional equipment will continue and include the Saleen specific 11.39:1 final gear ratio and Saleen carbon ceramic brakes.
ST | 691
This model is the ultimate in all-electric performance and provides a unique track capable throttle response, acceleration, and torque management efficiency worthy of any world-class Supercar. When configured with the Saleen specific features and optional drive ratios, the 691HP all-wheel drive dual motor configuration is expected to accelerate at a seat planting 0-60MPH in under 3 seconds.
car2go Announces Over 13,000 Members In First Month Of Brooklyn Operation And Releases User Behavior Data
Leading Carsharing Service Also Announces New Mobile Access Feature
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go North America LLC, the largest, fastest-growing global carsharing company, announced today that the company has over 13,000 Brooklyn members in its first month of operation in the Brooklyn borough, marking it car2go's fastest-growing market to date. In celebration of the milestone, car2go has also shared Brooklyn user behavior data since its launch, including that its unique fleet of smart cars have been driven 55,000 miles, the equivalent distance of traveling across the U.S. – from coast to coast -- over eight times.
The car2go Brooklyn service, which launched on October 25th, provides 400 car2go vehicles for shared use, allowing members to use the service by the minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week – without committing to a specific return time or dedicated location. As the only true, point-to-point car-sharing service in North America, car2go Brooklyn members are able to pick up and drop off a car2go anywhere within the Home Area, which includes neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Park Slope, Red Hook, Coney Island and Sunset Park, among others.
"We couldn't be more thrilled about the launch in Brooklyn – it has truly become our most successful market," said Paul DeLong, CMO of car2go North America. "Its incredible growth is testament to our unique offering, and how the progressive people of Brooklyn needed an alternative public transportation option when traveling within their borough. The acceptance has been humbling, and we are energized to continue helping Brooklynites get from Point A to Point B with ease."
In celebration of the one month milestone, car2go has shared the following Brooklyn user behavior data:
- 22.45 Minutes – The average car2go trip time in Brooklyn.
- Over 55,000 Miles -- Total number of miles driven by car2go Brooklyn vehicles. 55,000 miles is the equivalent of traveling across the country – coast to coast – over eight times.
- The G Line -- The most popular subway line to end rentals. car2go's busiest stop was near the G line Broadway stop and the J/M line Lorimer Street stop. With over 300 trips ending within a 0.1 square mile radius of the area, car2go has truly served as a complement to public transportation by bridging the gaps between the first and last mile.
- The Barclays Center, Prospect Park and Williamsburg – The most popular destinations for car2go Brooklyn members. car2go saw nearly 600 trips to the Barclays Center, 700 just north of Prospect Park, and over 1,300 trips to Williamsburg.
- New Jersey, Connecticut, Upstate New York and Montauk – The furthest trips by a Brooklyn car2go vehicle. car2go has seen its vehicles travel into all five boroughs on a daily basis.
In addition to the Brooklyn data, car2go also announced today the launch of Mobile Access, an upgraded app feature in its iOS and Android applications that allows members to not only search for and reserve a car2go vehicle, but begin their car2go trip via their smartphones. Mobile Access will serve as an alternative to the company's member card, which was, until now, the only way to access a car2go vehicle and end a ride. To use Mobile Access, members must first update their iOS or Android car2go app to version 2.0.
Available to car2go's over 900,000 registered members, the new feature works on car2go's entire global fleet of over 12,500 car2go vehicles. With Regional Access, members are able to use the service seamlessly in each of car2go's 15 locations across North America, when traveling for work or play outside of Brooklyn.
Effective until December 21st, car2go will offer free car2go membership, along with 30 minutes of free drive time at brooklyn.car2go.com using promotional code BKLYN.
Today, car2go is the fastest-growing global carsharing company in eight countries and 30 cities, including Brooklyn, Austin, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Portland, Miami, Seattle, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles (South Bay), Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit Brooklyn.car2go.com, follow @car2goBklyn on Twitter, or become a fan of car2go on Facebook.
ABOUT CAR2GO NORTH AMERICA LLC
car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation and a brand of moovel GmbH, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go is the largest, fastest-growing global carsharing program with more than 900,000 registered members in 30 cities across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes- Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, 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 towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
NISSAN OFFERS FREE PUBLIC CHARGING FOR NEW LEAF BUYERS IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA – As customers flood local stores this week looking for Black Friday deals, Nissan is offering Atlanta buyers of the all-electric LEAF its own money-saving holiday special: no-cost public charging for two years.
Nissan is today announcing "No Charge to Charge" for Atlanta, a program that offers no-cost access to more than a dozen quick chargers spread throughout the Greater Atlanta market for two years with the purchase or lease of a new LEAF electric car. These quick chargers can charge a LEAF from zero to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes, providing drivers additional range to extend the use of their car.
"Atlanta is America's biggest market for LEAF, and access to free public charging can enhance the convenience of driving an electric car and motivate additional consumers to make the switch to Nissan LEAF," said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. "As the top-selling electric car brand, Nissan is actively working with key partners to ramp up charging infrastructure in Metro Atlanta to make more charging options available for the thousands of area LEAF owners."
While "No Charge to Charge" kicks off today, Nissan is extending the program to LEAF owners who purchased or leased their vehicle on or after Nov. 1.
Atlanta has been the number one LEAF market since mid-2013 due to a variety of factors, including an available Georgia state tax credit, single-occupant access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes and a number of major companies who now provide workplace charging for their employees. This along with strong word-of-mouth support from existing LEAF owners to family, friends and co-workers, are the reasons LEAF's popularity in Atlanta has soared.
Nissan now offers "No Charge to Charge" in 13 of the top markets for Nissan LEAF sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago. By mid-2015, Nissan plans to offer the "No Charge to Charge" program at LEAF dealers in at least 12 additional U.S. markets.
With more than 147,000 global sales and more than 66,000 in the U.S., Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling electric car. LEAF features seating for up to five passengers and boasts an EPA-estimated* driving range of 84 miles on a fully-charged battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined.
The starting price of a Nissan LEAF is about $17,000** in Georgia after maximum available federal and state tax credits, and LEAF offers the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance. Nissan manufactures LEAF and its battery pack less than 250 miles from Atlanta at its plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.,.
For more information on the "No Charge to Charge" promotion, consumers can contact Metro Atlanta Nissan LEAF-certified dealers or visit https://www.ez-charge.com/faq/.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
*2015 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 126 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only. 2015 EPA range of 84 miles.
** 2015 Nissan LEAF as low as $21,510 net value after maximum federal tax credit of $7,500 and Georgia state credit of $5,000. MSRP $29,010. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and spec are subject to change without notice. Excludes tax, title, license and destination charges. The incentive referenced is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. All persons considering use of available incentives should consult with their own tax or legal professional to determine eligibility, specific amount of incentives available, if any, and further details.