SEATTLE - car2go North America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America, will start its carsharing service in Seattle on Dec. 19 by introducing a network of 330 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles that will be available for shared use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership opens online.
"car2go will soon be one of many ways that people can get around our city," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "We welcome this new, innovative transportation choice for Seattle residents and visitors."
car2go member registration opens online Dec. 6. For a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code SOUND will receive 30 free minutes of driving time, and currently the one-time membership fee is being waived.
"I welcome car2go to Seattle. As chair of the Transportation Committee, one of my goals has been to provide Seattle residents with more transportation choices that make it easier and cheaper to get around the city. Carshare systems, like car2go, are a convenient, affordable option for people who want to reduce or eliminate the costs of car ownership," says City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.
"The City of Seattle will now have access to the most technologically advanced carsharing program in the market," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "The car2go edition smart fortwo is specifically designed with technologies that allow an entire community to use and share cars collaboratively. Members gain access to a car2go with a swipe of a card, drive the car for as long as they'd like, simply end their rental anywhere within the car2go Home Area, and instantly the car becomes available for the next person to use."
Cole went on to say, "car2go is a great complement to existing public transportation, it has been a proven success in 17 cities around the world, and we look forward to bringing this new form of transportation to the City of Seattle."
A Different Way to Carshare
car2go provides unmatched flexibility and convenience with a free-floating network of cars that are available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members have unlimited access to car2go 24 hours a day, seven days a week; they can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a mandatory return time or location.
Members will be able to locate a car via a smartphone app, via the car2go vehicle finder on the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street, anywhere within the 42-square-mile car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car.
When the member is finished using the vehicle, he or she can park at any city non-restricted metered or un-metered spaces with time limits of two hours or greater, or on-street in any residential neighborhood within the car2go Home Area. Parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.
Members can use car2go by the minute, and they pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.