car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, celebrates today its first full year of business in San Diego, home of North America’s first all-electric carsharing network.
Since the launch of car2go in San Diego in November 2011, more than 12,500 people have registered as members of car2go, and more than 200,000 trips have been taken in the smart fortwo electric drive car2go vehicles.
In a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the car2go office tonight, the company will unveil the new car2go Charging Depot in the East Village, further demonstrating its commitment to bringing the best urban mobility solutions to the City of San Diego and its residents.
Prior to the launch of car2go in Nov. 2011, there were reportedly 800 electric vehicles (EV) in San Diego. With the introduction of car2go, an additional 300 smart fortwo electric drive cars have been brought to San Diego, increasing the city’s total number of EVs by nearly 40 percent.
Since the introduction of car2go, the EV community in San Diego has grown exponentially to nearly 13,500 EV users, making San Diego one of the top cities in the world for electric vehicle drivers.
Today, the 300 car2go vehicles are collectively used among more than 12,500 members of the car2go carsharing program in San Diego, and that number continues to grow each day. car2go launched in San Diego with approximately 500 trips per week. Today the average number of car2go trips per week has increased to between 5,000 and 6,000. The average trip lasts less than 30 minutes, and the average distance driven in a car2go is between 3 and 7 miles.