Daimler's Car2go carsharing program has been in Vancouver for a year now and, aside from some hockey riot vandals to start things off, things have been quite positive. In a press release talking about Vancouver Year One, Car2go offers up the following numbers:
  • 15,000 members (up from 2,000 at the start)
  • An average of 12,000 drives a week (up from 1,500)
  • 320 cars (up from 225)
  • 70 square kilometer "home" area
  • 25 percent more Car2go-designated parking spaces
  • Three all-electric Smart Fortwo EVs (most of the Car2go cars in Vancouver burn gasoline)
Vancouver is where Car2go started in Canada (after successful launches in Europe and the U.S.), and the company now also operates in Toronto, Ontario and starts service this week in Calgary, Alberta.
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car2go Marks One Year of Carsharing in Vancouver with 15,000 Members and The Best car2go Contest Yet
VANCOUVER, B.C., Jul 18, 2012

More members, more vehicles, more parking spaces and a bigger Home Area
Contest gives Vancouver members the chance to win a trip for two to Europe


VANCOUVER, B.C. - car2go Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, is celebrating its first anniversary in Vancouver with record-breaking growth and more than 15,000 registered members. To share its success with its members, the company has announced "The Best car2go Contest Yet," which gives one car2go Vancouver member a trip for two to a car2go city in Europe.

When car2go launched in Vancouver in 2011 with 225 cars, there were 2,000 members and an average of 1,500 trips per week. Today, there are 320 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles, and 15,000 members taking an average of 12,000 trips per week. In addition to expanding the car2go Home Area to 70 square kilometers and allowing members to pick up and drop off a car2go anywhere within the City of Vancouver boundaries, the number of car2go designated parking spaces has increased by 25%, making parking even more convenient for members. Additionally, three new smart fortwo electric-drive vehicles have just arrived in Vancouver and will soon be incorporated into the car2go network and available for members to use.

"It's great to see residents of Vancouver embracing new forms of transportation like car2go," said Mayor Gregor Robertson of the City of Vancouver. "Our goal is to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020, and carsharing is an important part of improving our transportation system and making it easier for citizens to get around our city."

"As the first car2go city in Canada, Vancouver has paved the way for other cities throughout the country, and the members here are setting a great example for future car2go cities around the world," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada.

In June 2012, car2go launched in Toronto, Ontario, and on July 21, car2go will launch in Calgary, Alberta.

A Grand Prize Trip to Europe
To celebrate the success of car2go in Vancouver, the company launched The Best car2go Contest Yet on Monday, July 9 via a newsletter distributed to all car2go Vancouver members. Each car2go member who opts-in to the competition by clicking on the contest entry link in the newsletter will be automatically entered into the weekly contest draw for restaurant gift cards and the grand prize draw for a trip for two to Europe.

From now through September 2, each week three car2go members will be selected and each will be given a $150 gift card that can be used at any of the Glowbal Restaurant Group restaurants in Vancouver. The grand prize winner will be announced on September 2, and will receive a trip for two to any car2go city in Europe, valued at $6,000.

The grand prize winner will be able to select their car2go city of choice: Ulm, Hamburg, Berlin or Dusseldorf in Germany, Vienna in Austria, or Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The package includes airfare, 6 nights hotel accommodations, a spa and sightseeing package of their choice, and of course, the chance to drive car2go in another city!

To be entered into the contest, car2go members should follow these simple steps:

Be a car2go Vancouver member as of July 9, 2012
Click on the link in the newsletter that was distributed on July 9, 2012 to opt in to the contest. By opting in, the member will be automatically added to the competition.
Drive! For every 30 minutes a member drives a car2go, they will receive an additional entry to the competition. There is no limit on the number of entries a member can receive.
Review the full contest rules for information on no purchase necessary entries and for tips on how to receive additional entries into the contest.
Email the car2go Vancouver team at vancouver@car2go.com with questions about the competition.

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