AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2017 /CNW/ -- car2go N.A., North America's largest flexible one-way carsharing service, saw a significant increase in use of its service during the first six months of 2017.
Usage of car2go increased by 40 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016 across all 11 of the service's North American locations, with more than 4.5 million trips taken so far this year. car2go members have also spent 33 percent more time traveling in car2gos in the first half of 2017 versus the first half of 2016, indicating that one-way carshare is gaining popularity as a convenient, affordable way to travel over varying distances.
"car2go is an increasingly important part of more and more peoples' lives, and it's so satisfying to see how we are tangibly improving quality of life through carshare in cities across North America," said Paul DeLong, CEO of car2go North America. "We are continually working to help more people in cities travel easily and affordably, and are in discussions with a number of additional cities who – like us – want to deliver the many economic and environmental benefits of one-way carsharing to their residents and visitors."
In January, car2go made a significant investment in North America by becoming the first and only one-way carsharing service to offer Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Since then, car2go has added nearly 100,000 new members and currently offers larger four-door, five passenger Mercedes-Benz vehicles in eight of the services' 11 North American locations. car2go plans to bring Mercedes-Benz vehicles to additional North American locations, and will eventually boast a North American fleet made-up predominantly of Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles.
"In July 2016, we released results of our three-year study examining the impact of one-way carsharing across five North American cities. Across the cities, we found that one-way carsharing services, like car2go, were responsible for removing up to 11 other vehicles from urban streets, while also reducing carbon emissions on net," said Dr. Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of the University of California Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center. "It's encouraging to see that car2go's membership not only continues to rise, but that car2go's members are opting to choose carsharing more frequently when they travel."
Among car2go's U.S. and Canadian locations, New York, Toronto and Vancouver have experienced the fastest year-over-year membership growth in the first half of this 2017. Vancouver tops all North American car2go membership with over 135,000 local members. In the U.S., Seattle leads with more than 95,000 members.
U.S. and Canadian car2go members have taken 37.5 million trips with car2go since the service launched in North America in late 2009 with its first location in Austin, Texas.
About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2,700,000 registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and car2go.com/NA/en/press/.