This month, car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corp., celebrates its first year of point-to-point car-sharing operations in Seattle.
Since its launch in December 2012, more than 40,000 drivers have registered as car2go Seattle members and collectively share a network of 500 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles. This makes Seattle the fastest-growing U.S. car2go city.
"We are very pleased with how quickly the community has embraced car2go and integrated our car-sharing service into the city's diverse mix of transportation options," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "This overwhelming response to car2go has provided us with the opportunity to continue to grow at a rapid pace, from expanding the Home Area to increasing the size of the car2go vehicle network, in an effort to keep up with the demand of our fast-growing group of members."
To keep up with the growth, 170 new cars have been added to Seattle’s original fleet of 330 car2go vehicles throughout the past year. The car2go network of 500 smart fortwo vehicles distinguishes Seattle as the largest U.S. car2go fleet, says the company.
Additionally, the car2go Home Area was expanded in April from 42 square miles to 52 square miles to incorporate the areas of Mount Baker, Columbia City and portions of Georgetown and West Seattle, says the company.
Currently, car2go operates in several U.S. cities, including Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Portland, Miami, Denver, Minneapolis and Columbus.