Car2go unleashes 300 smart fortwo EVs on the streets of San Diego image

Daimler North America Corporation, through its car2go subsidiary, today launched the first all-electric carsharing network on the continent, in a partnership with the City of San Diego.

Starting today, the entire city of San Diego will have on-demand access to a large network of electric drive cars. Car2go began deploying 300 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles in San Diego on Friday, with all of them now in service and available for use.

Unlike traditional carsharing programs, car2go meets the daily needs of members by providing a free-floating network of vehicles that is truly available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members can use car2go with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a return time or location.

“It is as easy as having access to your own vehicle, and in some cases, like in densely populated downtown areas such as San Diego, it can actually be easier. car2go fills the gap between where you are and where you want to be,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking, recharging, insurance and maintenance are included. Members pay by the minute, and only for the time they use the vehicle, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. When they’re finished using the vehicle, members can park in a car2go-designated spot, at city non-restricted meters or on-street in residential neighborhoods within the car2go operating area.