Car2Go Reaches 26,000 Users in DC, Adds 100 Cars to Fleet

by UrbanTurf Staff


The Smart car-sharing service car2go has reached 26,000 members in DC and to satisfy the growing number of users, the company will add 100 cars to its 300-car fleet.

For those that don’t know, car(s)2go are the blue and white, two-seater Smart cars that you see squeezed in a small space on a downtown block or looking diminutive next to a pick-up truck at a stoplight. Users pay a one-time $35 fee and then are sent a card in the mail that allows them to unlock cars around the city via an electronic panel on the windshield, and then take them for a spin. When finished, users park the car on the street and swipe the card again on the windshield. A mobile app on smartphones locates cars in the vicinity. The cost for using the service is 37 cents a minute plus tax, and car2go covers gas and insurance.

The number of users has shot up in DC over the last year, from just over 8,000 in September 2012 to 26,000 users in July 2013. As the number of car2go members has risen, the size of the fleet has remained the same, which means that it has gotten more and more difficult to find a nearby car2go when you want it. It will be interesting to see if the addition of 100 more cars alleviates that problem.

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1 Comment

  1. JJ said at 9:08 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    It would be really helpful if Car2Go could expand its service area to include Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, and other close-in suburbs.  Many of us who need cars need them to drive out to these areas, not neighborhoods in the District well served by public transit and Bikeshare.

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