Car2go announced the debut of the urban mobility scheme in UK starting this fall its car-sharing project in Birmingham.
As Robert Henrich the Car2go CEO highlighted: “Winning this important bid shows, that car2go is ready to quickly expand its service in forward-thinking cities which require an innovative mobility solution complementing their existing transportation infrastructure.”
The service was launched in 2009 in Austin, USA and more than 70,000 people are already using this service in Continental Europe, Canada and USA in cities like Chicago, San Diego, Amsterdam, Vienna, Ulm and Hamburg in Germany.
Birmingham project will starts this autumn with a fleet of 250 two-seater Smart Fortwo car2go edition vehicles fitted with an economical petrol engine with start/stop system. The cars are developed for car-sharing to be rented spontaneously inside an operating area of around 30 square miles radius around the city.
Customers will have complete freedom regarding the place when start their journey and the time of keeping vehicles without a mandatory return location. Car2go vehicles will not be parked at fixed stations but can be located at any legal public parking space. Car2go will pay a monthly fee to the city to cover on-street parking and selected off-street spots operated by city.
Car2go project is complementing the already existing means of transportation giving to the Birmingham, a further option for city dwellers and making the overall system of public transport even more attractive.