cars2go to launch first EV car sharing program in North America with Smart ForTwo electric

cars2go, a subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, has announced that San Diego will be the first North American city to get a 100 percent electric-vehicle carsharing program.

“We’re proud that car2go has chosen to launch the first North American all-electric carsharing service in San Diego,” said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “car2go’s launch here further supports our efforts to make San Diego the nation’s electric vehicle capital.”

The program in San Diego will start operations before the end of this year with 300 Smart ForTwo electric drive vehicles.

“The launch of an all electric vehicle fleet marks a new era in carsharing in North America,” said Nicholas Cole, President and CEO of car2go N. A. LLC. “San Diego is a forward-thinking city determined to meet future transportation demands of its residents. Our goal is to complement the existing transportation infrastructure by providing an emission- free carsharing service for short and spontaneous one-way trips.”

The Smart ForTwo electric-cars come equipped with the car2go telematics technology, allowing fully automated, easy and convenient rental operations.

The program is currently available in four cities with more than 40,000 members and 1,000 Smart ForTwo cars.

– By: Omar Rana