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Car Sharing is Taking Off Like Gangbusters Globally

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car2go keeps growing exponentially as the flexible, one-way carsharing grew its customer base by 43% to 2.2 million global members. 

Every 1.4 seconds, a car2go member takes a trip in a car2go vehicle in one of the service’s 26 car2go cities spread across North America, Europe, and Asia.

In North America, Vancouver leads car2go membership with approximately 120,000 local members. In the U.S., Seattle leads with more than 85,000 members. Every 3 seconds, a car2go member in North America takes a car2go trip, with more than 32 million trips taken since launch.

In 2016, car2go’s global network of nearly 14,000 vehicles were rented more than 22 million times, a 21% increase compared to 2015. Globally, car2go’s greatest 2016 customer growth was seen in the cities Madrid (+96,000), Berlin (+47,000), Vancouver (+26,000) and Hamburg (+26,000).

Utilization of car2go vehicles increased by approximately 40% between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016. As a general rule, the more frequently shared vehicles like car2gos are moving members around a city, the better carsharing fulfills its purpose to help people easily and affordably get from point A to point B while helping to reduce their city’s overall road congestion.

This is because shared vehicles do not take up scarce parking space as often, and they more frequently replace private cars, which are increasingly expensive and inconvenient to own in dense cities.

car2go is the leader in the free-floating car-sharing sector and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. With the car2go carsharing concept, smart and Mercedes-Benz vehicles can be hired anywhere and anytime at affordable (per minute) prices. The vehicles can be found, booked, and paid by using a smartphone.

The car2go carsharing service has been operating since 2008. It is internationally available at 26 locations (14 in Europe, including 7 in Germany, 11 in North America, and 1 in Asia in Chongqing/China).

Transnational usage is possible within Europe and North America. The approximately 14,000 vehicles have been rented over 72 million times by more than 2.2 million customers. Purely electrical fleets with a total of 1,300 vehicles are available in three locations (Stuttgart, Amsterdam, and Madrid).

Thus, car2go is one of the largest providers in the electric vehicle carsharing sector. The car-sharing provider’s global headquarters is in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, near Stuttgart. car2go’s North American headquarters is located in Austin, TX.

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