The car2go car-sharing program seems to be gaining traction in the United States after just a shade over a year since its introduction in Austin, Texas. Parent company Daimler is highly satisfied with the results, and has now decided to expand the coverage of the program and expand its fleet by adding another 100 vehicles. Once the expansion is done, car2go will have 300 smart vehicles specifically designed for the car-sharing platform. The vehicle in question is the smart car2go edition, two-seaters that will have a new touchscreen-operated control unit, fresh telematics equipment and an improved UI. New variants will have a 100-watt solar roof that is integrated into the… Continue Reading »
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The seventh leg of the F-CELL World Drive led the vehicles from New Orleans in Louisiana over a distance of more than 1.070 kilometers to San Antonio, Texas. Along the way, the tour made a stopover at the mobility project car2go in Austin. 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »