A few weeks from now, Lyon will be the first city in France to participate in the car2go mobility programme, the world’s first one-way carsharing service. Car2go GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, and Europcar, the leading car-rental services in Europe, made this announcement after the car2go mobility service was successfully launched in Hamburg, Germany. By 2012, a fleet of 200 low-emission, self-service smart fortwo cars will be available to Lyon residents. These vehicles will be available for “on-demand” rentals everywhere in the city.
By going to car2go.com or by using a smartphone application, members could find the nearest available vehicle within 44 square kilometers. Members could instantly rent a vehicle without having to make an advanced reservation. Members could make use of the vehicle for as long as they want without having to indicate a specific location or return time. Members only pay for the amount of time that the vehicle was used, even when the rental period is as short as one minute. There are already over 45,000 car2go members in Germany, USA and Canada. The Business Innovation Department of Daimler AG was where the car2go idea was conceived.
Car2go has about 1,100 vehicles worldwide. It has been a raving success in four cities, namely: Ulm and Hamburg in Germany, Austin in Texas, U.S., Vancouver in Canada. Since the launching of the programme in Ulm in March 2009, it has covered around 9 million kilometers and over 900,000 trips have been logged. Customers particularly find it very convenient to go on one-way trips. As car2go offers point-to-point mobility, customers get the satisfaction they require since nine out of ten car2go rentals end at a different location than where they started.