Timed almost perfectly to avoid the swarms of tourists that will descend upon the city for the weeklong SXSW, Daimler's car-sharing program Car2Go will expand its service area and add more cars in downtown Austin.
Car2Go is bringing 300 all-electric Smart ForTwos to San Diego. Members of the car-sharing program can rent these EVs by the day, hour, or minute, but with an 84-mile range, they won't be going very far.
Daimler has just launched a new car sharing service called car2go in Ulm, Germany.
Floating fleets of Smart ForTwo vehicles that you can rent by the minute will be available in the West and East coast cities by the end of March.
Car2Go opens up the membership rosters for its newest U.S. location, and for a limited time, it's free to join.
Volkswagen announced that it will begin a car-sharing test program in Hanover. Quicar members will be able to pick up fuel efficient VW Golf BlueMotions and VW Beetles from 50 locations throughout the city.
It's impulse shopping meets car rental. Car2go, a car-sharing concept from Daimler, will launch in Austin, Texas, in the fall 2009. The service will enable members to use their mobile phones to locate and rent a car near them, without advance reservation.
Toyota and Yamaha show that just like cars, bikes can be electrified, Wi-Fi connected, and shared.
The battle is on for two transportation network start-ups that are poised to go head-to-head at SXSW to promote a very similar business model: using an app to book a ride from a network of private cars.
Automotive News reports on Mercedes-Benz's plans to market Smart cars in the U.S.