Friday, April 16, 2010

In Austin Texas, Car2Go is going official

zipcar2-300x225Thanks to German company Car2Go, Austin Texas should be seeing SmartCars in a new light. The car-sharing service could be expanding the year-old pilot program to all city and state officials in Austin. Car2Go is a service in car-sharing that charges users by the minute of their SmartCars, a model that is apparently becoming popular in big cities.

How it works with Car2Go

A vehicle sharing system that places a large number of cars in an urban area is called Car2Go. Anyone who’s a "member" of Car2Go can rent cars with their smart vehicle by the minute. Car2Go cars can be picked up or dropped off within the Car2Go area. At only 35 cents per minute, these Car2Go cars can help up urban residents who don't need a auto but once in a while have to use one.

Car2Go vs. ZipCar

ZipCar is an American company, founded in 2000, that at the moment operates in 49 U.S. cities also as Vancouver, Toronto and London. After getting Flexcar in 2007, ZipCar represented about 50 percent of the car sharing in the world. Both Cars2Go and ZipCars rely on their "members" to unlock and rent the cars. ZipCar is also partnered with many universities and companies that want to help commuters and students time-share their cars.

The Benefits of sharing cars

ZipCar and Car2Go represent just two of the large number of car-sharing services in the US and around the world. Numerous cities in the US, such as Buffalo, San Francisco, Boulder, NYC, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul have all started a vehicle sharing network. The car sharing system is a lot more environmentally friendly, reduce congestion, and increase flexibility. Additionally, large fleets of cars like Car2Go and ZipCar tend to make use of hybrid and electric automobiles, dramatically increasing the overall fuel efficiency for hundreds of drivers in each city.

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