Car2go‘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.