MONTREAL, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - car2go autopartage, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America, will launch its
unique point-to-point carsharing model in Montreal this fall.
Eco-friendly and flexible, car2go provides a low cost public
transportation alternative in the French Canadian city.
On November 2, 2013, car2go will officially commence its operations in
Montreal and begin deploying an initial network of 250 car2go edition
smart fortwo vehicles, which will be available for shared use in the
metropolitan Montreal area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Registration for membership opens today at Montreal.car2go.com. Car2go is a convenient, easy and fun way to get around and explore the
city from a new perspective.
"Montreal has always been a pioneer and a leader in sustainable
development, and is therefore an ideal choice and location for car2go,"
said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada. "Already
established in 24 cities around the world, the company's experience
shows that members appreciate and support the option to optimize the
use of all public transportation alternatives."
"We want to thank the borough Mayors Mr. Lionel Perez, Mr. Luc Ferrandez
and Mr. François Croteau for their leadership and vision. Their
determination to bring a one-way carsharing network to Montreal will
allow the residents to embrace the car2go experience as of November 2,"
stated Jérémi Lavoie, Location Manager of car2go Montreal. "car2go will
be a part of the existing alternative transit solutions and will work
in close collaboration with several municipal administrations."
For 38 cents per minute, car2go's green initiative embraces the
spontaneous and urban lifestyle of Montreal. Member registration for
the Montreal region opens today at Montreal.car2go.com, offering free membership and 30 free driving minutes via the
promotional code "PATINS" for a limited time only.
About the service
car2go is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs with over
500,000 registered members worldwide and a global market leader for
point-to-point carsharing. Registered car2go members in Canada have the
ability to use the program in all four Canadian car2go locations,
including Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Montreal will be
the 13th car2go city in North America and the 25th car2go city worldwide.
As the world's first free-floating carsharing service, car2go provides a
new way of carsharing and sets itself apart in three areas:
FREE FLOATING: Members can pick up and drop off any car2go anywhere
within the car2go Home Area (Plateau-Mont-Royal/ Rosemont-La
Petite-Patrie/ Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and reserved parking
spaces in Ville-Marie) — they do not need to drive the car back to its
original location nor commit to a predetermined amount of time. They
can simply drive the car for as long as they need it, park the car at
their destination, and end the trip by swiping the card on the
windshield reader. The car then becomes available for the next member
PAY BY THE MINUTE: Members pay 38 cents per minute for the actual time
they use the car, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. There
is no minimum amount of time that a car can be used — whether they need
a car for ten minutes or an entire day, members simply get in and
drive, for as long as they want, without a mandatory return time or
location. Parking fees, fuel, maintenance and insurance are included at
no additional cost, and there are no annual or monthly fees.
ON DEMAND: Members can use the first available car2go they find parked
on the street, or by using technology via the smartphone app or the
car2go vehicle finder at car2go.com. Members can also reserve a vehicle
up to 30 minutes in advance, although reservations are not required.
Members have unrestricted and unlimited access to car2go vehicles 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please
visit Montreal.car2go.com, follow @car2goMontreal on Twitter or become a fan of car2go on
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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SOURCE: car2go Canada Ltd.
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