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car2go expands to Toronto, Calgary

Operations begin in June


June 14, 2012
by Fleet Management staff

car2go North America LLC is expanding its carsharing operations in Canada and the US this summer. Operations will begin in Toronto on June 30, in Calgary on July 21 and in Miami, Florida on July 28.

“As car2go continues to grow and spread its carsharing business, more people will have access to an entirely new form of automobility,” said Bodo Uebber, member of the board of management at Daimler AG and chairman of the
supervisory board of Daimler Financial Services, the division at Daimler responsible for car2go.

Developed four years ago at the Daimler Business Innovation Unit in Stuttgart, Germany, car2go currently provides more than 4,000 fuel-efficient smart fortwo vehicles (including 625 electric drive cars) to more than 100,000 members worldwide for shared use. car2go members have taken more than two million trips throughout 11 cities worldwide.

Each car2go city in North America has a large network of 200 to 300 fuel-efficient smart fortwo cars that are available for members to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As the world’s first free-floating carsharing service, car2go provides a new way of carsharing that is unique, particularly in these three areas:

• FREE FLOATING: Members can pick up and drop off any car2go anywhere within the car2go Home Area — they do not need to drive the car back to its original location or 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 rental by swiping the card on the windshield reader. At this
moment the car becomes available for the next member to use.

•PAY BY THE MINUTE: Members pay by the 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. 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, via a smart phone app, with the car2go vehicle finder at car2go.com, by calling the customer call center, or by simply locating an available car2go on the street. Members can also reserve a vehicle up to 24 hours in advance, although reservations are not required. Members have unrestricted and unlimited access to car2go vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week.