The largest carsharing company in the world, Car2Go, just got larger. The carsharing giant recently made the announcement that San Diego members will now have access to a new fleet of 400 electric 2014 models — upgrading from the 2010 models in use until now.
Considering that Car2Go has 33,000+ members in San Diego, the upgrade is no doubt an appreciated one — and one that reinforces the company’s position at the top of the pile.
“San Diego is fast becoming the nation’s electric vehicle capital, and with the largest electric carsharing fleet in the nation, we are proud to continue our commitment in preserving the local environment of our great city,” stated Car2Go San Diego Location Manager, Will Berry. “The new 2014 vehicles, while maintaining the zero-emissions footprint, have a much smoother acceleration, and overall, a more comfortable Car2Go driving experience that our members will truly enjoy.”
The company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler) launched in San Diego back in 2011, near the end of the year, and has seen rapid growth since then — with more than 1 million trips being taken since that launch. The recent fleet replacement is just the latest manifestation of that growth, and looks likely to be repeated again multiple times in the relatively near future.
A press release from the company also noted recent initiatives concerning apps and mobile-access:
“Recently in San Diego, car2go announced an upgraded app feature in its iOS and Android applications that allows members to not only search for and reserve a car2go vehicle, but begin their car2go trip via their smartphones. Mobile Access has served as an alternative to the company’s member card, which had previously been the only way to access a car2go vehicle and end a ride.”
Interesting. I’ve yet to actually use the service so I can’t provide any personal comments, but the service does appear to have a lot going for it, and I know some of our readers love it. I’d guess that growth is pretty much a given — over at least the next few years anyway.
As it stands, the company has over 1 million registered members, spread across 29 different cities/locations, with more than 12,500 vehicles currently in service.
Image Credit: Car2Go
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