car2go announced today that Vancouver, British Columbia is the first
Canadian city selected to launch its innovative mobility service. A newly created company, car2go Canada Ltd. will also be located in Vancouver.
“We’re very exicted that car2go will be making its Canadian debut in Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our goal is to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, and providing cleaner transportation options is a big part of that. We want to ensure that we provide a full range of sustainable transportation options for our citizens, and car2go’s unique car-sharing model is a great fit for Vancouver.”
car2go conducted a trial assessment of its service in Vancouver from June 2010 to March 2011 with select test users from well-known and respected local organizations to validate and refine the process prior to the large-scale rollout. The strong support for the car2go model throughout the pilot helped cement Vancouver as the first Canadian city for this unique service.
car2go members can access any of the cars distributed throughout the city “on-demand” or reserve a car up to 24 hours in advance. Members can locate the nearest vehicle via smartphone apps, the car2go website or a telephone hotline. Cars will be located between Alma St and Nanaimo, and between 41st and the Burrard Inlet.
Members can drive the car when and where they want, and then they can simply leave it in any available “permit only” on-street parking spot in downtown or residential neighbourhoods within the defined business area, or in one of the specially marked car2go parking spaces.
In essence, every trip is a one-way rental, with no need to return to the location where the driver picked up the vehicle. A network of 225 fuel-efficient, low-emission smart “car2go edition” vehicles will be available to Vancouver car2go members as of June 2011.
“Vancouver is a dynamic, progressive city committed to smart urban living and sustainable transit,” said Nicholas Cole President and CEO of car2go Canada Ltd. “The Mayor and his staff, the City Council and the participants in our trial assessment were central to our planning process. We would not be here without the valuable insights and guidance of these dedicated forward-thinkers. We’re confident everyone will find car2go an easy, cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to get around Vancouver.”
In addition to waiving registration fees for the next 30 days, car2Go will make a donation of two dollars from each annual membership fee to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice over the course of the next 12 months.