San Diego, California – San Diego will be the first city in North America to have a car-sharing program made up solely of electric vehicles. Car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler, will use 300 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vehicles in the program.
The program will start operations before the end of 2011 and will include Car2go’s telematics systems for fully automated rental operations.
“The launch of an all-electric vehicle fleet marks a new era in car-sharing in North America,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of Car2go N.A. “San Diego is a forward-thinking city determined to meet future transportation demands of its residents. Our goal is to complement the existing transportation infrastructure by providing an emission-free car-sharing service for short and spontaneous one-way trips.”
Car2go is already set up in four cities, with a total of more than 40,000 members and 1,000 Smart Fortwo vehicles.
The electric vehicles will be charged at Blink EV charging stations developed by California-based technology provider ECOtality. The company is currently in the process of siting and installing the stations. Approximately 1,000 Blink commercial charging stations are expected to be installed for public use in San Diego by the end of 2011.