car2go autopartage Introduces a New Way of Carsharing in Montreal
MONTREAL--Oct. 10, 2013: car2go autopartage, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America, will launch its unique point-to-point carsharing model in Montreal this fall. Eco-friendly and flexible, car2go provides a low cost public transportation alternative in the French Canadian city.
On November 2, 2013, car2go will officially commence its operations in Montreal and begin deploying an initial network of 250 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles, which will be available for shared use in the metropolitan Montreal area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration for membership opens today at Montreal.car2go.com. car2go is a convenient, easy and fun way to get around and explore the city from a new perspective.
"Montreal has always been a pioneer and a leader in sustainable development, and is therefore an ideal choice and location for car2go," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada. "Already established in 24 cities around the world, the company's experience shows that members appreciate and support the option to optimize the use of all public transportation alternatives."
"We want to thank the borough Mayors Mr. Lionel Perez, Mr. Luc Ferrandez and Mr. François Croteau for their leadership and vision. Their determination to bring a one-way carsharing network to Montreal will allow the residents to embrace the car2go experience as of November 2," stated Jeremi Lavoie, Location Manager of car2go Montreal. "car2go will be a part of the existing alternative transit solutions and will work in close collaboration with several municipal administrations."
For 38 cents per minute, car2go's green initiative embraces the spontaneous and urban lifestyle of Montreal. Member registration for the Montreal region opens today at Montreal.car2go.com, offering free membership and 30 free driving minutes via the promotional code PATINS for a limited time only.
About the service car2go is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs with over 500,000 registered members worldwide and a global market leader for point-to-point carsharing. Registered car2go members in Canada have the ability to use the program in all four Canadian car2go locations, including Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Montreal will be the 13th car2go city in North America and the 25th car2go city worldwide.
As the world's first free-floating carsharing service, car2go provides a new way of carsharing and sets itself apart in three areas:
FREE FLOATING: Members can pick up and drop off any car2go anywhere within the car2go Home Area (Plateau-Mont-Royal/ Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie/ Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace and reserved parking spaces in Ville-Marie) — they do not need to drive the car back to its original location nor commit to a predetermined amount of time. They can simply drive the car for as long as they need it, park the car at their destination, and end the trip by swiping the card on the windshield reader. The car then becomes available for the next member to use. PAY BY THE MINUTE: Members pay 38 cents per minute for the actual time they use the car, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. There is no minimum amount of time that a car can be used — whether they need a car for ten minutes or an entire day, members simply get in and drive, for as long as they want, without a mandatory return time or location. Parking fees, fuel, maintenance and insurance are included at no additional cost, and there are no annual or monthly fees. ON DEMAND: Members can use the first available car2go they find parked on the street, or by using technology via the smartphone app or the car2go vehicle finder at car2go.com. Members can also reserve a vehicle up to 30 minutes in advance, although reservations are not required. Members have unrestricted and unlimited access to car2go vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit Montreal.car2go.com, follow @car2goMontreal on Twitter or become a fan of car2go on Facebook.