This month, car2go North America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, celebrates its first full year of point-to-point carsharing operations in Seattle.
Since its launch in December 2012, more than 40,000 drivers have registered as car2go Seattle members and collectively share a network of 500 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles, making Seattle the fastest growing car2go city in the United States.
“Congratulations on a great first year, car2go! I am very pleased to see how car2go has been so enthusiastically welcomed to Seattle,” said City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. “It has proven to be a valued transportation choice for residents who are increasingly relying on alternatives other than privately owned cars to navigate our great city.”
“We are very pleased with how quickly the community has embraced car2go and integrated our carsharing service into the City’s diverse mix of transportation options,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. “This overwhelming response to car2go has provided us with the opportunity to continue to grow at a rapid pace, from expanding the Home Area to increasing the size of the car2go vehicle network, in an effort to keep up with the demand of our fast growing group of members.”
To keep up with the tremendous growth, 170 new cars have been added to the original fleet of 330 car2go vehicles in Seattle throughout the past year. The car2go network of 500 smart fortwo vehicles distinguishes Seattle as the largest car2go fleet in the United States and is available for members to share collaboratively in and around the City.
Additionally, the car2go Home Area was expanded in April 2013 from 42 square miles to 52 square miles to incorporate Mount Baker, Columbia City and portions of Georgetown and West Seattle. Designated car2go parking spaces, such as the recently added Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal parking, provide further convenience for commuters across the city.
Bringing unparalleled flexibility and convenience, car2go’s free-floating network of vehicles helps fulfill the transportation needs of Seattle’s residents. As one of the fastest growing carsharing programs globally, car2go is currently in seven countries with more than 600,000 registered members. As an added benefit, car2go members in Seattle also have access to the carsharing program in eight other car2go locations across the United States, including Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Portland, Miami, Denver, Minneapolis and Columbus.