Car2go, the car-sharing company based in Austin, says it has hit a milestone: It has topped 1 million users in North America.
The milestone comes nine years after Car2go launched its North America operation in Austin as a pilot program with 200 cars. Paul DeLong, CEO for the company’s North America operations, said the growth reflects the current demand for shared cars.
“One million North Americans who carshare with Car2go is proof that carsharing is no longer a novel idea or an experiment,” DeLong said in a written statement. “Carsharing is now a proven transportation tool that positively impacts mobility and quality of life in cities all over the world.”
Car2go, which has its global headquarters in Germany, now operates in 25 cities, seven of them in the United States. The company says it has serviced more than 40 million trips and has a total of 370 cars operating in Austin.
Car2go has several car stations around the city. Users can book short-term rentals for a vehicle through the company’s phone application and return vehicles to any station.
As consumer demand has grown for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, car-sharing companies like Car2go and San Francisco-based Turo have also found a niche. Car2go has mostly found use among people visiting the city or those who only need a car once in awhile.
Car2go said it plans to continue integrating Mercedes-Benz vehicles into its fleet as it looks toward further expansion.
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