Austin based car2go North America LLC announced on Oct.3 that it will launch its unique point-to-point carsharing model in the capital city of Ohio on Oct. 26 making it the 12th car2go market in North America and ninth in the U.S.
The metropolitan Columbus area will have a network of 250 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles available for shared use in the Columbus area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Columbus will be the first showcase of carsharing in Ohio, featuring car2go's singular form of one-way transportation.
car2go will complement COTA bus and CoGo bike services by providing residents with the ability to pair a car2go trip with Columbus' successful bus system and bike sharing service. car2go's revolutionary model, combining on-street parking with one-way trips, offers flexibility and convenience to Columbus' existing modes of transportation.
"car2go is an exciting addition to our transportation portfolio," said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "When paired with taxis, COTA buses, and CoGo Bike Share, our residents will be able to travel between local destinations without the need to own a personal vehicle."
"Columbus is a vibrant city, home to forward-thinking companies which have long driven the city's innovative core," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "car2go's free-floating, on-demand carsharing network will complement existing transportation options to connect residents, students and visitors to the various neighborhoods and events that reinforce the city's diverse character."
car2go is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs globally with over 450,000 registered members worldwide and a global market leader for point-to-point carsharing.
Registered car2go members in the United States can use the car2go program in all nine U.S. car2go locations, including Columbus, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Miami, Austin, Denver, San Diego, Portland and Seattle.
The car2go way to carshare
car2go provides flexibility and convenience with a free-floating network of cars that are available on-demand for point-to-point trips.
Members will be able to locate a car via a smartphone app, the car2go vehicle finder on the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street, anywhere within the 30-square-mile Columbus car2go Home Area.
When members are finished using the vehicle, they can park at any city non-restricted metered or un-metered spaces within the time limits of two hours or greater, or on any residential neighborhood street within the car2go Home Area. Parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.
Members can use car2go by the minute, and they pay you only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use.
In cities like Austin, car2go has added unique urban lifestyle services including valet parking for music and other events and car2go availability at nearby airports.
For more information on car2go in Austin, go to www.car2go.com/en/austin/.