COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go, the largest, fastest-growing one-way carsharing company in the world, announced that its over 25,000 Columbus members will enjoy a new more advanced car2go experience with the latest version smart model and new car2go technology. Today marks the first ever fleet upgrade for Columbus since the service launched in 2013, which will be fully upgraded with the new cars and technology by the end of March.
After reaching over 2.2 million members globally, car2go is providing its Columbus members with a 100 percent upgrade of the 200 car fleet in just a few weeks. The new vehicles are the latest generation smart car that deliver a smoother, faster and improved experience, featuring the newest car2go technology via the official car2go app. The new car2go packs a lot of advanced features, including: heated seats, Bluetooth and a more powerful turbo-charged motor.
"Thousands of Columbus residents have embraced the benefits of carsharing and we're thrilled our members in Columbus will get to experience the newest car2go technology and smart model," said Chet Ridenour, General Manager of car2go Columbus. "According to the first ever one-way carsharing study conducted in North America, UC Berkley found that for every car2go on the road, car2go is removing up to 11 vehicles from the roads and preventing up to 14 metric tons of pollution. Now, with proven environmental benefits along with our new technology, car2go will continue to partner with the City of Columbus to provide innovative mobility options while collaborating on initiatives like the Smart Cities grants."
What's NEW about the new car2go?
Better. Faster. Smarter. Perfect adjectives for our new car2go:
- Unlocks faster than ever, enabling members to quickly hop in and drive.
- Bluetooth access allows drivers and passengers to rock out to their own music and make hands-free calls.
- Seat warmers ensure car2go members can warm themselves up quickly on chilly days.
- The new car2go is wider, providing drivers and passengers with a roomier interior and additional trunk storage space.
- A more powerful motor and a new six-speed twinamic dual-clutch transmission provide the smoothest, quickest car2go ride ever.
- An incredibly small turning radius means the new car2go can quite literally turn on a dime.
- Cutting-edge safety features in the new smart fortwo car2go include a rigid Tridion safety shell made of ultra-high strength steel, crosswind assist that automatically compensates for strong gusts of wind to keep drivers on-course, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability (known as ESP® in most cars), The new cars will appear in the car2go app as the "fortwo new," with a photo of the newly designed vehicle so that car2go members can easily find and drive the new cars. Prior generation vehicles will appear in the car2go app as "fortwo."
Free registration + free drive time for new Columbus members
Columbus residents interested in taking a spin in the new car2go can use the promo code NEWSMART for free registration (regularly $5) and a $5.00 drive time credit through March 31, 2017. Members are encouraged to keep up-to-date on all the latest member events and promotions by following @car2goColumbus on Twitter and connecting with car2go on Facebook.
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 affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. 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 2,200,000 registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia.
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 car2go.com/NA/en/press/.
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