October 27, 2011
Amsterdam, Holland – Amsterdam has launched one of the world’s first large-scale, all-electric vehicle car-sharing fleets with Daimler’s Car2go program. Beginning on November 24, 300 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive vehicles will be available for on-demand mobility, without drivers needing to return them to a fixed rental station.
Vehicle recharging will not be mandatory after each rental because the Smart’s range is eight to ten times higher than the average operating distance of a rental, the company said, but Amsterdam also has more than 250 charging stations currently in the city. The launch will introduce a new pricing structure for Car2go, not only for Amsterdam but also for existing and future locations throughout Europe.
Amsterdam will be the fifth city with a Car2go service globally, but the first in Europe with an all-electric fleet. The city only uses energy from renewable resources.
Car2go programs are also in place in Vancouver, in Austin, Texas, and in Ulm and Hamburg in Germany. More than 45,000 members have used the service more than 900,000 times.