car2go Heads For Seattle

car2go is ramping up to start operations in Seattle and will start big: 330 cars from the get-go.

The carsharing service will begin in Seattle on Dec. 19 by introducing a network of 330 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles.

Registration for membership opened online Dec. 6 at seattle.car2go.com.

“car2go will soon be one of many ways that people can get around our city,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “We welcome this new, innovative transportation choice for Seattle residents and visitors.”

For a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code SOUND will receive 30 free minutes of driving time. As well, currently the one-time $35 membership fee is being waived.

“The City of Seattle will now have access to the most technologically advanced carsharing program in the market,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. “The car2go edition smart fortwo is specifically designed with technologies that allow an entire community to use and share cars collaboratively. Members gain access to a car2go with a swipe of a card, drive the car for as long as they’d like, simply end their rental anywhere within the car2go Home Area, and instantly the car becomes available for the next person to use.”

As for car2go services in other cities, Seattle members will be able to locate a car via a smartphone app, via the car2go vehicle finder on the car2go website, by calling the customer call center, or simply by finding an available car on the street, anywhere within the dedicated area.

The dedicated 42-square-mile car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car can be seen through this following pdf.

The Seattle service will operate following the same modus operandi as in any city is already does. When a member is finished using the vehicle, he or she can park at any city non-restricted metered or un-metered spaces with time limits of two hours or greater, or on-street in any residential neighborhood within the car2go home area.

Parking, fuel, insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.