Car2Go is officially the world’s largest car-sharing service, the Daimler-backed company announced on Wednesday.
More than a million people have signed up to use the service’s 12,000 vehicles in cities around the world, the company said. Users have so far taken the company’s ubiquitous blue and white Smart Fortwo cars on more than 32 million trips.
Car2Go has the distinct advantage of being backed by car giant Daimler, the owner not just of Smart but also Mercedes-Benz and many other car companies. That backing allowed the service to roll out quickly and smoothly in cities in Europe and North America without worrying about fundraising like a traditional start-up.
Car2Go also released some details about the service’s users on Wednesday. They’ve driven more than 136 million miles, but tend to take very short trips. Trip times have averaged 19 to 25 minutes since Car2Go launched in North America.
Car2Go’s rollout in the DC area has been slightly hampered by the District’s jurisdiction issues — for the initial rollout, cars taken out of DC had to be returned to DC to complete the trip. One of Car2Go’s advantages is its ability to be used for one-way trips, so having to return the cars to DC wasn’t ideal for the company. This summer the service announced plans to expand to Arlington County, starting with Crystal City.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/daimler-backed_car2go_becomes_worlds_largest_car-sharing_company/9321
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
A new residential development is on the boards in DC and the design is reminiscent of... read »
Residential development in this jurisdiction-straddling neighborhood got a major kick... read »
DC Council initially passed a bill to regulate short-term rentals over three years ag... read »
The DC area is not known for the very high home prices of New York or Los Angeles. Bu... read »
A new rendering provides a better sense for how Adams Morgan's former Brass Knob ware... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
Here's what you need to know about reporting profit made from the sale of your home.... read »
A final look for the year at the DC neighborhoods where home values rose the most thi... read »
A Tysons development has the area's five tallest buildings on the boards.... read »
Homeowners will be able to expedite the ADU approval process with two options for one... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro