NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go N.A., LLC will begin service today in western Queens, which will include the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside – offering New York residents and visitors an attractive option to enjoy the vibrant neighborhoods beyond Manhattan. An additional 100 vehicles have been added to the car2go New York fleet, with a total of 550 smart fortwo vehicles now available to help members easily travel throughout Brooklyn and Queens on their own terms.
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"We've already heard great enthusiasm from the community for car2go's launch in Queens," said car2go New York General Manager Tom McNeil. "This is an important step toward seamless transit throughout the exciting New York that exists beyond Manhattan. car2go's expansion will help Queens residents get around easier, and will also help make Queens more accessible for all New Yorkers."
car2go New York has continued to expand since launching in Brooklyn in October 2014, and has grown to more than 32,000 members in less than a year. Now spanning 44 square miles, the expanded car2go New York Home Area includes much of western Brooklyn and Queens, offering a convenient option for traveling to and from neighborhoods that have previously been challenging to access. car2go also presents an attractive complement to public transit – to date, more than one third of car2go trips in Brooklyn have ended near a subway stop.
From now until October 4th, 2015, car2go is offering a referral program that will allow existing car2go members to receive 20 free driving minutes for each friend or family member they refer. Each referred new member will receive a discounted member registration of $10, as well as 30 free minutes of drive time. To participate, new members must visit https://friends.car2go.com/na, where they can generate a unique promo code to share with friends and family.
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Members can locate a car2go vehicle via the car2go smartphone app, the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street anywhere within the 44-square mile car2go Home Area throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
When members are finished using the vehicle, they may park at any city un-metered space, 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 the car2go service by the minute and pay only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. There are no annual or monthly fees required to use the service.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit www.car2go.com. Members are also encouraged to keep updated on the latest local car2go events and promotions by following @car2goBklyn On Twitter.
About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 1,000,000 registered members in 30 locations across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including TripAdvisor's 2015 "Travelers' Choice" award, "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2015 Best CarSharing Service" from Best of D.C., "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., 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. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
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, banking services 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, Thomas Built Buses, moovel, and car2go. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2014, Daimler sold 2.5 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 279,972 people; revenue totaled €129.9 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
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