car2go, the pioneer of simple-to-use carsharing-schemes from Daimler and Europcar, expands its business area in London starting June 2013.
In December 2012 car2go launched in two boroughs (Islington and Sutton), the service is now also available in large areas of Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Kingston, Richmond, South Lambeth, South Southwark and Croydon. In the new business area the 500 smart cars can be rented and parked in all legal and unrestricted free-parking areas without considering any fixed rental station. In Islington and Sutton the car2go vehicles can also use any metered or pay station spaces as well as any shared residential permit parking space. At the same time the car2go service in Newham will be suspended as a result of higher demands in other areas of the city.
“Many Londoners have already started to use this new on-demand way of travelling around the city,” said Stefan Mueller, CEO of car2go Europe GmbH. “Expanding our free-floating business area allows us to offer the car2go service to even more people.”
The idea behind car2go is simple – it’s a whole new way of getting around that’s easy to use, easy on the pocket, and easy on the environment. Once registered, car2go members can locate any available car through the car2go London website, by using the free app or just by walking up to an available car, touching the card reader on the windscreen, getting in and driving off.
car2go costs 35p per minute and is billed directly to the customer’s account. This rate always includes fuel, insurance, road tax, parking and maintenance. Customers don’t even have to return their car2go to the same parking bay from which it was collected – any unregulated parking space within the home area will do. And, of course, the cars can be driven anywhere any car can. The car2go can be kept as long as the customer wants, or just for a quick hop across town.
Every car2go vehicle in London is a smart mhd – an efficient, compact two-seater which emits just 98g/km of CO2, plus the convenience of automatic transmission, start-stop technology, GPS navigation and the comfort of air conditioning. The smart fortwo coupé is easy to drive due to its dinky dimensions, a dream to park, and super safe thanks to its tridion safety cell.
car2go service started in London in December 2012 and is now available in 19 cities worldwide. Early May 2013, Birmingham launched car2go as the second city in the UK. The company has more than 375,000 customers worldwide using more than 7,300 vehicles. Over nine million car2go rental transactions have been made to date, and this number rises continuously.