They are already in Vancouver - Canada, San Diego and Austin in the USA, Hamburg and Ulm inGermany, Amsterdam - Netherlands, and coming to Lyon, France in 2012.
The cars will be available 24/7 and according to the company's website no reservation needed. A subscription is not required either and you can park for free anywhere in the car2go operating area. There will soon be some 500 of these cars out on the streets of Vienna.
In October Europcar issued a Press Release saying " Ulm/Guyancourt – car2go GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, together with Europcar, the leader in car rental services in Europe, will create a new joint-venture to accelerate and extend their innovative partnership Europe-wide. The new company is called “car2go Europe GmbH” and will enable the two partners to bring the unique car2go mobility service to millions of drivers throughout Europe. Daimler’s car2go GmbH will be the majority shareholder in this new company."
“Similar to the initial car2go Hamburg joint-venture, founded last October, the new company is built around a balanced cooperation between the same two strong partners,” said Robert Henrich, CEO of car2go GmbH. “car2go Europe will be able to swiftly launch large-scale rollouts and strengthen our first mover advantage as the world’s first free-floating, one-way carsharing service.”
The innovative mobility concept car2go was developed by Daimler AG in 2008. Today, with a total of more than 45,000 members and 1,100 vehicles worldwide, car2go has proven success in four cities: Ulm and Hamburg in Germany, the Texan capital Austin in the US and Vancouver in Canada. Three other cities are announced yet: Lyon (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and San Diego (USA). In Amsterdam and San Diego car2go will start operations before the end of 2011 with full-electric fleets of 300 car2go smart fortwo electric drive vehicles in each city. Since the first launch in the southern German city of Ulm in March 2009, more than 900,000 trips have been made and approximately 9 million kilometres have been covered."
In the Vienna operation the rental charges are €0.29 per driving minute, €12.90 per hour and €39 per day of 24 hours - and while the car is parked but still booked out to the renter as with other normal hire cars, however unlike regular rentals, it will only cost €0.09 a minute. Everything is included - fuel, insurance, taxes and parking, For the first 20km of driving .If the hirer needs to go out of the city, it will cost an extra €0.29 a kilometre.
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