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Car2go completes year one in Seattle

Daimler’s carsharing service car2go, powered by smart vehicles, just celebrated its first year in Seattle. The service operates 500 smart fortwo units in the area, and it is already the largest as well as the fastest-growing car2go city in the US. Launched in December 2012, car2go Seattle now has over 40,000 people registered to the service who share the 500 fortwo vehicles as they go from point to point within the city. Of the 500, 170 were added in the previous year in order to keep up with the growing demand as well as the increase in driver registrations. Nicholas Cole, car2go North America president and CEO, expressed delight in… Continue Reading »

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Smart and Sporty: the smart fortwo edition citybeam

With an emphasis on sporty looks highlighted by the exterior color combination and interior furnishings, the new smart fortwo edition citybeam aims to capture prospective buyers who are after a short, sporty and exclusive model. Here’s a rundown of the exterior design of the edition citybeam: light blue, silver metallic, or matte anthracite (market dependent) paint job for body panels silver tridion safety cell three-double-spoke alloy wheels wide tires titanium headlamps LED daytime driving lights mirror triangles sporting the edition logo Overall, the whole look is clean and simple, with just the right amount of sporty appeal to look exciting. Fixtures for the interior include exclusive leather-optic black seats sporting… Continue Reading »

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Smart Car Sharing: Milan Gets car2go Service

This month marks another milestone in Daimler’s car2go car-sharing service, as Milan gets to enjoy a fleet of 450 smart fortwo vehicles slated to be fully available by the middle of September. While the smart eco-friendly vehicle brand certainly isn’t the biggest moneymaker in the Daimler stable, those vehicles together with the car2go platform allows the German automaker to make good on its promise of delivering sustainable automotive solutions, particularly for urban mobility applications that are focused upon by car2go. Being able to expand into a city like Milan expands the platform’s reach and should allow for better positioning in the European marketplace moving forward. If car2go continues to reach… Continue Reading »

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smart Unveils fortwo edition BoConcept

We’ve reported on the smart and BoConcept partnership before, and now, the first production model to come out of that collaboration has been unveiled. The new smart fortwo edition BoConcept limited-edition model has just been unveiled, and prospective buyers can start ordering the coupe and cabrio variants, which are set to reach dealerships by November. Pricing for these special models starts at €14,490 (around $18,900), and buyers have  electric drive (55 kW) or petrol engine (52 kW or 62 kW) options. The focus on these special units are the design elements. There’s the interior, which has been given special attention by the Danish urban interior design firm. You get a tobacco… Continue Reading »

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car2go Sets Up Shop in Birmingham

May 8th marks the start of the new car2go on-demand service in Birmingham, with 250 smart fortwo cars initially on offer for use within its free-floating home area that covers 21 square miles of the English city. Stefan Mueller, car2go Europe GmbH CEO, said that “car2go gives you the ability to go where you want, when you want – and in comfort – but without all the costs associated with owning, running and insuring a car full-time. We’re confident everyone will find car2go an easy, cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to get around Birmingham.” The home area for Birmingham covers the area between the following: Oxhill Rd., Pershore Rd., Vicarage Rd.,… Continue Reading »

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Washington car2go Celebrates First Year of Service

The Washington, D.C. branch of Daimler’s car2go car-sharing service is celebrating its first year this month, a year marked by 19,000 registrations, and over 350,000 rides on the 350 smart fortwo units that members can use throughout the city. Over the past year, car2go Washington has added 150 new fortwo units in order to keep up with the demand. In addition, the branch has partnered with Washington, D.C.-based taxi booking and payment app myTaxi. Now, through the car2go app, D.C. members can not only search for smart fortwo car2go units, they can also book  a cab ride. According to figures released by the company, 20-30 minutes is the typical duration… Continue Reading »

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Car2go a Hit in Seattle

After its first 90 days of operation in Seattle, it would seem that the car2go carsharing service is a hit. There have been 18,000 registrations over those first 3 months, showing that the city has embraced the point-to-point carsharing program with open arms. Seattle is a City that embraces new and innovative forms of mobility and has provided its residents with a diverse transportation mix,” said car2go North America president and CEO Nicholas Cole. According to Seattle councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the success of and demand for the service “has been so overwhelming,” so much so that he will be introducing new legislation in order for the service to expand into… Continue Reading »

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