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F-CELL World Drive meets car2go in Austin

On March 1st, the vehicles embarked on their fifth leg of the USA-tour from Houston to San Antonio. Along the way, the participants stopped for a visit at car2go in Austin and gained insight into the innovative mobility program. Mercedes-Benz thereby emphasizes, that both, alternative drives like the fuel cell technology as well as intelligent utilization concepts can make a contribution to the individual future mobility. Since its start on January 30, the F-CELL World Drive demonstrates how the automotive future could look like. “Electric vehicles with fuel cell are an important step on the way towards future mobility. The F-CELL World Drive demonstrates in impressive fashion the practical merits… Continue Reading »

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Whole Foods and car2go sign agreement

car2go North America ( a subsidiary of Daimler with headquarters in Austin, TX) has just signed an agreement with Texas-based retail store Whole Foods Market to provide designated parking spots for car2go vehicles for shopper’s convenience as the come out of the store. “Whole Foods Market maintains a strong commitment to a sustainable future and we believe this partnership will reinforce that commitment,” said car2go CEO Nicholas Cole. He added that the Daimler subsidiary “is honored to be associated with Whole Foods Market as they continue to provide environmentally sustainable alternatives for their shoppers and employees.” Launched in 2009, car2go is a carsharing firm operated by Daimler that has Smart… Continue Reading »

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Daimler AG starts second “ride sharing 2.0″ project, this time in Aachen

Three weeks after the start of the car2gether pilot project in Ulm Daimler AG is announcing the second pilot project of the new mobility concept: on 8 October 2010 car2gether will be launched in the Aachen region. car2gether is a web-based ride sharing community arranging incoming offers and requests for lifts. Rides can be arranged via smartphones on the way or from a PC at home – almost in real time. “As a university and science city Aachen offers an ideal environment for pioneering new mobility solutions”, says Marcel Philipp, Mayor of the City of Aachen, welcoming the commitment of Daimler AG. “We look forward to working with Daimler and… Continue Reading »

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Smart Fortwo – Car2go Edition Set into Motion

car2go and smart have currently presented a new lineup of cars, a blue and white smart fortwo that will be manufactured at the smart plant in Hambach, Lorraine, as a fully-modified “car2go edition”. The car2go edition is adapted with the latest telematics hardware, a fresh control unit with touchscreen, and a solar roof produced solely for the smart. The latest technology is fully equipped into the car both visually and technically. With regards to the car key, which was formerly stored in the glove compartment, is now securely kept in the system’s latest control unit. Also included are slots up to a maximum of four chip cards. The telematic unit… Continue Reading »

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Car2go Program Reaches 10,000 Members

The car sharing program that was started by Daimler last May 2010 has attained 10,000 registered members in its first North American city – Austin, Texas. Based on the statement of Daimler, since the launch of car2go program, over 80,000 rentals have been recorded all over the greater downtown Austin area with average usage ranging from 30 and 60 minutes per rental. The customers vary in age from college students to retirees, with around 50 percent of them aged 18 to 35. Business clients include the City of Austin, LIVESTRONG, downtown real estate firm urbanspace, GSD&M and the State of Texas. car2go proposed a fleet of 200 smart fortwo automobiles… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Launches Car2gether

Daimler has presented a latest car sharing initiative which they called car2gether. This was presented to the public after more than two years of being busy advertising their car2go service. The disparity between the two is the fact that the latest car2gether is not a car sharing service, the likes of which was made famous by companies like Zipcar. car2gether is actually a web-based sharing community for people who are basically in need of a ride. Daimler is set to start a test of the new program in Ulm, where they have invited the resident to take part. With this program, interested people will have to sign up on the… Continue Reading »

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Car2go pilot program a huge success in Austin, Texas

Only six months into its pilot stage, the car2go mobility program began serving Austin last May 21. Car2go North America President and CEO Nicholas Cole says Austin is the perfect place to continue the program, especially locals cooperated positively during the program’s early days. Cole adds that working with the city of Austin and the rest of the pilot groups helped inch their progressive transportation solution towards its goals, which is to allow people to travel around with less environmental side effects. The program started late last year in the month of November with over 1,200 city workers participating. More than 3,000 pilot members signed up during the program’s first… Continue Reading »

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