car2go N.A., North America’s largest flexible one-way carsharing service, saw a significant increase in use of its service during the first six months of 2017. Usage of car2go increased by 40% year-over-year in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016 across all 11 of the service’s North American locations, with more than 4.5 million trips taken so far this year.
car2go members have also spent 33% more time traveling in car2gos in the first half of 2017 versus the first half of 2016, indicating that one-way carshare is gaining popularity as a convenient, affordable way to travel over varying distances.
In January, car2go made a significant investment in North America by becoming the first and only one-way carsharing service to offer Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Since then, car2go has added nearly 100,000 new members and currently offers larger four-door, five passenger Mercedes-Benz vehicles in eight of the services’ 11 North American locations. car2go plans to bring Mercedes-Benz vehicles to additional North American locations, and will eventually boast a North American fleet made-up predominantly of Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles.
Among car2go’s US and Canadian locations, New York, Toronto and Vancouver have experienced the fastest year-on-year membership growth in the first half of this 2017. Vancouver tops all North American car2go membership with more than 135,000 local members. In the US, Seattle leads with more than 95,000 members.
In July 2016, we released results of our three-year study examining the impact of one-way carsharing across five North American cities. Across the cities, we found that one-way carsharing services, like car2go, were responsible for removing up to 11 other vehicles from urban streets, while also reducing carbon emissions on net. It’s encouraging to see that car2go’s membership not only continues to rise, but that car2go’s members are opting to choose carsharing more frequently when they travel.—Dr. Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of the University of California Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center
US and Canadian car2go members have taken 37.5 million trips with car2go since the service launched in North America in late 2009 with its first location in Austin, Texas.
car2go N.A., LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation.