San Diego launches USA’s first electric carpool

An electric car sharing network has been launched in San Diego. A subsidiary of car manufacturer Daimler North America Corporation has launched 300 smart EVs today. Members who join the […]

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By Tom Gibson

An electric car sharing network has been launched in San Diego. A subsidiary of car manufacturer Daimler North America Corporation has launched 300 smart EVs today.

Members who join the car2go network can use the vehicles with or without a reservation, for as long as they would like, without having to commit to a return time or location. The membership will cost $35 and includes parking, recharging, insurance and maintenance. Drivers are charged by the minute and only for the time they use the vehicle.

Mayor Jerry Sanders said: “car2go’s investment here is another major step toward making San Diego the nation’s electric-vehicle capital. This car-sharing program gives San Diegans a clean transportation option and complements walk-able lifestyles in our city’s urban communities.”

car2go is currently operational in four cities: Austin, Vancouver, Hamburg and Ulm.