Notes is now a member of Car2Go, a car sharing program developed by Daimler in Ulm, Germany, 2008. Nothing short of brilliant, I’m stoked over the concept, no need to purchase a second car, and how easy it is to use. Car2Go is now running in 7 countries, with over 7000 gas and electric “Smart cars”.

The premise is simple; locate a car2go, swipe your card against security panel to unlock the doors. Enter your PIN code and drive away.When finished, swipe your card again to stop your trip. Trips are charged to your account at .38 cents a minute, you don’t pay for gas, parking, or insurance. If you find your vehicle low on gas and choose to stop and fill up – enter your PIN again to open the glove box containing Car2Go credit card and fill up. For your trouble, Car2Go credits your account with a discounted charge for that trip. An app downloaded to your android phone pinpoints the location of the nearest car, which you can then reserve up to a half hour in advance. I live next to a hospital, most days a car is parked in front of my house. With over 300 cars in the Vancouver area, a Car2Go is never more than a few blocks away.

A taxi in Vancouver starts at 3.20 on the meter, then 1.84 a Km., or 32.86 an hour. With Car2Go, I could drive downtown and be parked in under 15 minutes – normally about a 12 – 15 dollar cab ride,now under 6 dollars, and I park anywhere for free.

As I said – simple and genius.

12 thoughts on “Car2Go

  1. My little town probably couldn’t support such a thing, but I applaud someone coming up with an idea, and making it happen! Technology can be our friend, when properly used.

  2. That is an awesome concept! I would gladly welcome that here, the flag fall for taxi’s in Darwin (and I assume everywhere in Aus) is $4.50, would have no clue the cost per km but I know it isn’t cheap! Car2Go would be a perfect solution to that

    • Agreed! It’s genius; not just for taxi savings – I don’t pay for gas (the switch is on to make most cars electric anyway) insurance or parking. Environmental implications are huge 🙂

  3. I’d be interested in the long term success of this program from the consumer end. They’ve had a program like this in DC for quite a few years but I never knew anyone who participated in it. They also have a similar program which involves using bicycles which are strategically located throughout town.

    • It’s been a huge success in Vancouver, we’ve had car sharing programs for 15 years now – Moda was the first, and Car2Go takes it to the next level with no need to phone and reserve – just jump in and go. Vancouver is also starting a bike share program similar to the one in Montreal.I don’t know if you have ever been to Vancouver – it’s quite different from most major cities. We have absolutely no freeways and our mayor even rides a bicycle to work.

  4. I’ve heard this idea talked about on Public Radio, but have not known of a city doing it. GREAT NEWS. I hope this works as well for them as some of the cities that have the bicycle version. PROGRESS.

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    • A great concept; Canada has it up and running in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Off the top of my head Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, DC,Columbus, and Denver have it in the U.S. Lots of European cities have Car2Go as it started in Germany – London, Vienna, Düsseldorf to name a few.Vancouver will also have a bike share program starting next year.

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