car2goCar2go‘s decision to set up shop in Seattle seems to be a good one.

The transportation company, which arrived in the Emerald City one year ago, announced that Seattle is Car2go’s fastest growing market in the U.S. with more than 40,000 registered drivers.

Car2go originally placed 330 of its tiny, shareable two-door vehicles throughout Seattle but has added 170 new cars to meet demand. The city now has the largest fleet of Car2go vehicles across nine U.S. markets.

In a press release, Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen noted that the service “has proven to be a valued transportation choice for residents who are increasingly relying on alternatives other than privately owned cars to navigate our great city.”

The ride-sharing service allows people to use an app to locate a car and drive for an unlimited amount of time at a rate of 41 cents per minute, $14.99 per hour or $84.99 per day (plus tax). When ready to end the trip, drivers can park anywhere in a designated area. Unlike simliar tech-savvy transportation startups like Lyft and UberX — which are operating in Seattle illegally — Car2go provides its own fleet of vehicles for customers to use.

Though the service seems to be catching on in Seattle, it hasn’t come without problems. Last week, the company suffered what it called a “partial disruption,” that elicited several complaints from frustrated users.

Car2go is currently in seven countries with more than 600,000 registered members.

Comments

  • Guest

    Has anyone looked to see if they collect the same taxes that Hertz/Alamo/Enterprise and the like collect for rental cars? It is a rental car, they just abandon their rental cars in front of my house a lot. Many times for more than the legally allowed 72 hours. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/parking72hour.htm
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    I also find it interesting when car2go drivers use them to shop at Costco on 4th Ave. Yes, they really do this. It’s amusing to watch them play Tetris with bulk products.
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    For people without a car that need a temporary car, it’s an ideal mode of transport, but it’s sad they can just abandon them in the neighborhoods at random spots.

    • Guest

      car2go do collect the same taxes as Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Avis, Dollar, National, Advantage, Fox, Rent-a-Wreck, etc. It’s something like 20%, which is ridiculous. I should be able to park in front of your house for free!

    • FriendorFoe

      Not as sad as folks storing their full sized cars all year long in their neighborhood. I wish more people would swap out their car ownership for car2go. Parking would be better, not worse.

  • Andrew F.

    The legality of ride share services has yet to be tested in the court if law. In my opinion, until the courts rule on the issue this article is misrepresenting the facts of the story.

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