car2go Now Has 2 Million Customers

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The popular carsharing services provider car2go has passed, as of September 2016, the 2 million customers milestone, according to recent reports.


That figure for the Daimler-owned company includes 1.1 million customers in Europe, including 550,000 in Germany.

Notably, car2go membership grew by an impressive 43% over just the last year.

Green Car Congress provides more: “This underscores the rapid growth in the fully flexible carsharing sector. Every 1.5 seconds, one of car2go’s 14,000 vehicles worldwide takes a car2go member where they need to go. Primary growth drivers of the past year were the market launches in Spain and China: car2go gained more than 100,000 new members in Chongqing, China and Madrid, Spain. The introduction of four-door Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles to car2go’s European fleet also brought new customers.”

As far as the cities with the largest customer bases, here’s a list of the top 10:

  • Berlin (141,000 customers)
  • Hamburg (134,000 customers)
  • Rome (125,000 customers)
  • Milan (119,000 customers)
  • Vancouver (118,000 customers)
  • Chongqing (113,000 customers)
  • Vienna (113,000 customers)
  • Madrid (112,000 customers)
  • Calgary (99,000 customers)
  • Rhineland (83,000 customers)

As a reminder to those unfamiliar with the service, it’s a relatively simple one to use — no doubt a large part of its appeal to users. All that you have to do is use a simple smartphone app to reserve a car, and then drop it off at an approved location when finished.

It’ll be interesting to see if the company’s business model remains viable for too many more years, as Uber, Lyft, and others, aggressively pursue self-driving car/taxi technologies.

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