car2go North America LLC will launch its carsharing service in Minneapolis on Sept. 14, making it the first Midwestern city to feature car2go.
A network of 300 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles will be available for shared use in the metropolitan Minneapolis area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Registration for membership opened August 27 at Minneapolis.car2go.com.
“Carshare providers, like car2go, provide yet another way for Minneapolis residents to get around our city without having to rely on owning their own cars,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “I have talked a lot about reweaving the urban fabric for our city to continue to grow and this is another creative way to give people from all neighborhoods access to all parts of our city.”
The car2go Home Area, where members can pick up or drop off a car2go, covers an approximate 55 square mile area which mirrors the boundaries of the Minneapolis city limits. Those who register to become a car2go member will receive a membership card that will allow them to gain access to and drive in any of the 300 available car2go vehicles in Minneapolis, whenever they need it, for as long as they need it, without having to commit to a return time or designated location.
“Minneapolis’ vibrant and progressive culture creates a community of residents accustomed to innovation,” said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go North America. “car2go’s free-floating, on-demand carsharing network will complement existing transportation options to connect residents and visitors to the many places and events unique to the City of Lakes.”
car2go said it is one of the fastest growing carsharing programs with over 400,000 registered members worldwide and a global market leader for point-to-point carsharing.
Registered car2go members in the United States have the ability to use the car2go program in all eight U.S. car2go locations, including Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Miami, Austin, Denver, San Diego, Portland and Seattle.
Minneapolis will be the 11th car2go city in North America and the 23rd car2go city worldwide.
The carsharing company said that for a limited time, all new members who use the promotion code VIKINGS will receive 30 free minutes of car2go Drive Time, and currently the one-time $35 membership fee is being waived. To celebrate its members and highlight how the service works, car2go Minneapolis plans to host an event in early October.