Lyon to become first French site for Daimler car2go service; more than 40,000 rentals in first 100 days in Vancouver
Lyon will become the first French city with Daimler’s car2go mobility program. Starting in 2012, car2go will provide Lyon residents with a fleet of 200 self-service smart fortwo cars which will be available for “on-demand” rentals throughout the city.
Members can locate the closest available vehicle within a defined operating area of 44 square kilometers via the internet at www.car2go.com or with the help of a smartphone application. They can rent a vehicle spontaneously without the need to reserve it in advance. car2go allows its members to use the vehicle for as long as they like, without committing to a specific return time or location. Members pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with rental periods as short as one minute. More than 45,000 people in Germany, USA and Canada have already become members of car2go, the world’s first one-way car-sharing service.
Separately, car2go Canada Ltd, a subsidiary of Daimler North America, announced that since the launch of car2go in Vancouver on 18 June 18, car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles have been rented more than 40,000 times, and membership has grown to more than 5,000.
car2go launched in Vancouver in June with more than 1,000 rentals per week. Today the average number of car2go rentals per week has increased to more than 4,000. The average rental time is between 30 and 50 minutes, and the average distance driven in a car2go is between 8 and 10 kilometers. This mode of transportation supports the City of Vancouver’s goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020 because it focuses on reducing congestion and emissions, and it complements existing public transportation options.