San Diego electric car sharing service celebrates 100 days and over 6,000 members

Members can locate an available car by using a smartphone app, or simply grab one on the street, and keep it as long as they need it, paying only for the time they use the vehicle.

 

The all-electric car sharing service car2go concluded its first 100 days of operation in San Diego on Thursday. Since the launch of the service in November, over 6,000 people have registered as members, and taken 25,000 trips in the company’s smart fortwo EVs.

car2go, which is owned by Daimler, also operates in Austin, Vancouver and a few European cities. Members can locate an available car by using a smartphone app, or simply grab one on the street, and keep it as long as they need it, paying only for the time they use the vehicle. According to the company, the average trip lasts 15 to 30 minutes, and the average distance driven is between 5 and 10 miles.

"For the first time in the history of North America, an entire city has been given access to a large network of electric vehicles that they can share, collaboratively," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America LLC. "As thousands of residents of San Diego embrace car2go and the electric vehicle driving movement, they are setting an outstanding example in emissions-free urban mobility for the rest of the world."  

 

Image: car2go North America LLC