COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, has expanded its pioneering point-to-point carsharing network in Columbus, Ohio, to include The Ohio State University campus. This unique partnership will provide students, faculty, staff and visitors the ability to park at 10 different parking locations across campus, with access to 45 designated spaces beginning Monday, November 25. car2go will launch an education and awareness campaign around campus so students, faculty, staff and visitors can learn more about the many benefits of one-way carsharing.
Last month, car2go began offering service in Columbus within a 30 square mile Home Area. car2go then partnered with CampusParc, Ohio State's parking operator, to expand its Home Area to include the campus. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will have the ability to use car2go's unique one-way carsharing model to get to-and-from campus, run errands, visit friends and experience all that the city of Columbus has to offer.
"Since car2go's launch in Columbus, the interest and support from the community has been tremendous," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. "Through our partnership with CampusParc, we are very excited to now offer this service to faculty, staff, students and visitors of The Ohio State University."
Parking locations will be clearly signed and will be located in approximately 10 surface parking areas around campus including the south residential district, Wexner Medical Center area, south campus and central campus to offer convenience for faculty, staff, students and visitors across campus.
car2go brings additional flexibility and convenience with its free-floating network of cars available on demand for point-to-point carsharing. car2go is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs globally; currently operating in seven countries with more than 500,000 registered members. car2go members in Columbus have the ability to use the carsharing program in the other eight car2go locations throughout the United States, including Austin, San Diego, Washington D.C., Portland, Miami, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis.
Special University Promotion
For a limited time, all students, faculty and staff at Ohio State can take advantage of a special offer using the promotion code BUCKS0060. Those that register with this promotion code will receive 60 minutes of car2go Drive Time and the one-time $35 membership fee will be waived. There are no monthly or annual registration fees.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler and a brand of Daimler Mobility Services, car2go offers an innovative mobility solution redefining individual transportation in rapidly growing urban areas by offering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart fortwo vehicles for rent. It provides an innovative mode of "on-demand" transportation, which complements existing public transportation alternatives by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the "first and last mile" of a public transit commute. There are currently more than 500,000 car2go members worldwide throughout 25 cities across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
About Daimler Mobility Services GmbH
Daimler Mobility Services GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Financial Services AG, offers its customers innovative mobility services from a single source. With the car2go brand, the company is the world's leading provider of flexible carsharing programs. With the moovel brand, Daimler Mobility Services GmbH offers an intuitive smartphone app that enables customers to compare various mobility options on the basis of several parameters, and then choose the best options for traveling from Point A to Point B. The company's other activities include the development of innovative solutions for searching for and reserving parking spaces in cities.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.
The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.2 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 275,000 people; revenue totaled €114.3 billion and EBIT amounted to €8.6 billion.
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