VANCOUVER, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - car2go, the world's first free floating
carsharing service, announced today that a fleet of 225 smart "car2go
edition" vehicles will be ready for "on-demand" rentals beginning on
June 18th in Vancouver.
On April 27th, car2go Canada Ltd CEO Nicholas Cole and Mayor Gregor
Robertson announced Vancouver, British Columbia as the first Canadian
city selected to launch the innovative carsharing service, where cars
have no reservations time limits, and members are allowed to make
one-way trips instead of returning cars to their pickup location. Since
the announcement, approximately 2,000 Vancouverites have registered and
received their membership cards. Members will be able to drive the
vehicles starting Saturday June 18th.
Following the overwhelmingly positive response, car2go has extended the
free registration period (which represents a $35 value) until July 3rd.
Vancouver residents can register at www.car2govancouver.com, or in person at the car2go office at 45 Water Street in Gastown.
To further celebrate the launch, car2go is also extending an open
invitation to special events held at four neighbourhood coffee houses
in Vancouver on Saturday June 18th. Between 10am and 5pm, residents can
register in person, receive their membership card on-site, take a
car2go for a short drive and enjoy a free coffee at the following four
local iconic coffee houses:
Waves Coffee, 2588 Main Street,
Kits Coffee Co, 2198 West 4th Avenue
Delany's Coffee House, 1105 Denman St
Bean Around the World in Yaletown, 1002 Mainland St.
As a sustainable transportation option, car2go is pleased to be playing
a role in the City of Vancouver's goal to become the "greenest city" in
the world by 2020. Members can rent a car2go "on-demand" or reserve a
vehicle up to 24 hours in advance. The car2go vehicles that are readily
available to be driven can be viewed on the internet or with a
smartphone app, and can be driven for as long as needed without
committing to a return time. Just simply end the rental by leaving the
vehicle at any "permit only" on-street parking spot in downtown or
residential neighbourhoods within the defined business area, or in one
of the specially marked car2go parking spaces.
Members pay for what they use by the minute with discounted rates for
hourly and daily use and are only charged for the time they use the
car2go. Rates include fuel, parking, mileage, insurance, maintenance
and GPS navigation.
car2go now has a global network of more than 40,000 members and 1,000
smart vehicles. Based on its impressive success, car2go will further
expand in other North American and European cities in 2011.
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