TWIN CITIES, Minn., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go N.A. LLC, the largest carsharing company in the world, announced today that it has surpassed the 20,000 member milestone in the Twin Cities. car2go Twin Cities has seen nearly 230,000 car2go trips since its initial launch in Minneapolis in September 2013, and expansion to St. Paul in July 2014.
"On behalf of car2go, we are thrilled to surpass 20,000 members in the Twin Cities," said Joshua Johnson, Location Manager of car2go Twin Cities. "Since our launch, our members have asked for more options to get to where they need to go, when they need to go, and we listened. We're working hard each day to fulfill a true need within the community, and we believe that our 20,000 member milestone is a testament to our personal commitment to that community."
Since its launch, the car2go Home Area has expanded to 107 square miles and 535 car2go smart vehicles with access to nearly 30 car2go designated parking spaces across Minneapolis and St. Paul, providing members the flexibility to get to their destinations at their convenience. Complementary to existing public transportation, car2go recently partnered with Metro Transit to secure dedicated parking spaces at three METRO Blue Line stations – Lake Street, 46th Street, and Fort Snelling – for multi-modal car2go members.
In November 2014, car2go introduced Mobile Access, an upgraded app feature in its iOS and Android applications that allows members to not only search for and reserve a car2go vehicle, but begin their car2go trip via their smartphones. Mobile Access has served as an alternative to the company's member card, which had previously been the only way to access a car2go vehicle and end a ride.
About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go N.A. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation and a brand of moovel GmbH, 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 is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 1,000,000 registered members with shared access to 12,500 vehicles across 29 cities around the world.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "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 (EPA). 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 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 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.
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