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SOURCE car2go North America LLC
-- Largest network of shared vehicles in the state of Ohio available for use beginning October 26
--Columbus will be the showcase for carsharing in the state of Ohio
--Registration opens today with free membership for a limited time
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America, will launch its unique point-to-point carsharing model in the capital city of Ohio on October 26, 2013, making it the 12th car2go market in North America. A network of 250 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles will be available for shared use in the metropolitan Columbus area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Columbus will be the showcase of carsharing in the state, featuring car2go's singular form of one-way transportation.
car2go will complement COTA and CoGo services by providing residents with the ability to pair a car2go trip with Columbus' successful bus system and bike sharing service. car2go's revolutionary model, combining on-street parking with one-way trips, offers flexibility and convenience to Columbus' existing modes of transportation. Registration for membership opens today at Columbus.car2go.com.
"car2go is an exciting addition to our transportation portfolio," said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "When paired with taxis, COTA buses, and CoGo Bike Share, our residents will be able to travel between local destinations without the need to own a personal vehicle."
"Columbus is a vibrant city, home to forward-thinking companies which have long driven the city's innovative core," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "car2go's free-floating, on-demand carsharing network will complement existing transportation options to connect residents, students and visitors to the various neighborhoods and events that reinforce the city's diverse character."
The car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car2go, covers approximately 30 square miles to incorporate the Columbus city center. The Columbus Home Area stretches from the south-side residential neighborhoods of Merion Village and German Village up through Downtown, The Short North and Clintonville, east towards the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and west to Franklinton. Those who register to become a car2go member will receive a membership card that will allow them to gain access to and drive any of the 250 available car2go vehicles in Columbus, whenever they need it, for as long as they need it, without having to commit to a return time or designated location.
car2go is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs globally with over 450,000 registered members worldwide and a global market leader for point-to-point carsharing. Registered car2go members in the United States have the ability to use the car2go program in all nine U.S. car2go locations, including Columbus, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Miami, Austin, Denver, San Diego, Portland and Seattle.
A Different Way to Carshare
car2go provides unmatched flexibility and convenience with a free-floating network of cars that are available on-demand for point-to-point trips.
Members will be able to locate a car via a smartphone app, the car2go vehicle finder on the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street, anywhere within the 30-square-mile Columbus car2go Home Area.
When members are finished using the vehicle, they can park at any city non-restricted metered or un-metered spaces within the time limits of two hours or greater, or on any residential neighborhood street within the car2go Home Area. Parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.
Members can use car2go by the minute, and they pay you only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.
Become a car2go Member
For a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code CBUS will receive 30 free minutes of car2go Drive Time and the one-time $35 membership fee will be waived. To celebrate its members and highlight how the service works, car2go Columbus plans to host an event on October 26.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit Columbus.car2go.com, follow @car2goColumbus on Twitter or become a fan of car2go on Facebook www.facebook.com/car2go.Columbus.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler and a brand of Daimler Mobility Services, car2go offers an innovative mobility solution redefining individual transportation in rapidly growing urban areas by offering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart fortwo vehicles for rent. It provides an innovative mode of "on-demand" transportation, which complements existing public transportation alternatives by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the "first and last mile" of a public transit commute.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
About Daimler Mobility Services GmbH:
Daimler Mobility Services GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Financial Services AG, offers its customers innovative mobility services from a single source. With the car2go brand, the company is the world's leading provider of flexible carsharing programs. With the moovel brand, Daimler Mobility Services GmbH offers an intuitive smartphone app that enables customers to compare various mobility options on the basis of several parameters, and then choose the best options for traveling from Point A to Point B. The company's other activities include the development of innovative solutions for searching for and reserving parking spaces in cities.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.2 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 275,000 people; revenue totaled €114.3 billion and EBIT amounted to €8.6 billion.
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