Austin, Texas – The Car2go car-sharing program in Austin, Texas has completed its two-year North American Pilot Program but will continue operations under a new agreement with the city.
Developed by Daimler as the world’s first free-floating car-sharing network, Car2go launched its first North American program with the City of Austin and its employees in November 2009. In May 2010, the program was opened to the public and in less than two years has grown to more than 21,000 registered members.
“The City of Austin is committed to bringing the best transportation options to its residents, and our new car-sharing program will be a tremendous addition to our transportation system in Austin,” said Lee Leffingwell, mayor of Austin. “The residents and businesses in Austin now have more transportation options, with the overall goal of reducing downtown congestion and improving the overall quality of life in Austin.”
In January 2012, Car2go will begin to introduce several Smart Fortwo Electric vehicles into the program, with information on the vehicles and how to recharge them shared with members via email and social media.
Car2go launched in Vancouver in June 2011, and in November 2011, began the first all-electric car-sharing network in North America in San Diego. In Europe, Car2go operates in two cities in Germany, along with Amsterdam and Vienna. Throughout the next several years it will expand globally to more than 50 cities.