car2go, Austin’s new mobility program, announced today a new six month pilot partnership with the State of Texas that gives state employees access to the car sharing program and parking spots located at the Capitol Complex.

The agreement, signed with the Texas State Preservation Board (SPB) and the Texas Council on Competitive Government (CCG), is a major step in finding new transportation solutions for the State of Texas while extending car2go’s presence in Austin.

“car2go is pleased to partner with two agencies that are committed to the preservation and effectiveness of the State of Texas,” said Nicholas Cole, CEO of car2go North America. “This partnership will allow car2go to expand our downtown Austin presence near the Capitol while allowing thousands of visitors and residents to see the State’s commitment to alternative transportation solutions.”

The pilot agreement is similar to the partnership between car2go and the City of Austin that started in November 2009. car2go members will be allowed to use on street parking at the Capitol complex at the north end of downtown Austin.

In return for the provided parking, car2go is paying a usage fee to the State of Texas in the form of free driving minutes for SPB and CCG employees driving on State business. Additionally, all state employees can participate with a personal membership immediately, and any state agency can open a car2go company account and drive at standard rates.
“We are very excited to partner with car2go in this innovative program,” said John Sneed, executive director of the State Preservation Board. “If this pilot project is as successful as we believe it will be, this program offers a great opportunity for the state to realize long-term cost-savings.”
Partnering with SPB and CCG will benefit car2go members in several ways: the pilot agreement will secure additional downtown parking for car2go vehicles and increase the program’s visibility in the Capitol area. Furthermore, it provides State of Texas employees access to the program, not only for business but also for private use.
The State of Texas will also benefit from partnering with car2go: car2go substantially reduces CO2 emissions by using the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in the United States, which will help the State reduce its carbon footprint . The partnership will also allow state agencies to experience the efficiency and viability of car2go to determine how car2go can help reduce the need for a large fleet of state vehicles. Finally, the pilot partnership will benefit the State, the City of Austin and surrounding areas by reducing traffic volume.

“The Council is on the lookout for innovative services for the State of Texas,” said Dustin Lanier, staff director for the Council on Competitive Government. “car2go fits the bill with an innovative business model that has a good chance to be a part of the state fleet solution. We look forward to getting the program underway.”