New Orleanians will soon have more transportation options than the streetcar or bus. Car sharing company Car2Go plans to launch in Spring 2015 with fleet of “smart-for-two” compact, two seat vehicles with low emissions.
The Austin-based company is a subsidiary of the Daimler Company, which owns Mercedes-Benz, and operates in 29 cities worldwide.
Car2go uses small and efficient vehicles that, once launched, can be found no more than a five minute walk away. The company stands by its fun, money saving, and environmentally friendly approach to business.
Car2go is hoping to bring an estimated 200 cars to the New Orleans area. The startup charges various rates depending on time of rental and miles driven, but the membership-based service does charge a $35 fee per year.
“Our calculations are fair and always in your favor. For starters, you only pay when you use it.” There are no monthly fees or rental subscriptions, and no reservations required. Renters can choose a one-way option so no time or money is wasted returning the vehicle.
The company is also set to get some competition in New Orleans with the Enterprise CarShare program, which is currently set up at various locations including Tulane and Loyola campuses for its members. Enterprise launched the program with partner Domain Companies, the development company behind the South Market District downtown.
“More than ever, the people who are driving the growth of Downtown tell us that they prefer to walk, use public transit, or use other shared transportation options,” said Downtown Development District President and CEO Kurt Weigle.