Photo above: Car2Go parked on F St NW
Car2Go is a carsharing program recently launched in DC and if there is any indication about the adoption rate it is how often you see a new product in use in public. We’ve seen Car2Go zipping around or parked downtown at least a half a dozen times in the last week so there must be something interesting going on here. The basic idea is that you pay just for the exact number of minutes you use the car. Pick up the car wherever the last member parked it within the home area, activate it, drive, park, and deactivate it within the home area. There is a one time membership fee for joining and you pay 38 cents per minute for the time you are using the car. Car2Go exclusively uses Smart Fortwo microcars and can be reserved on demand or in advance using a smartphone or using the web/Internet. ZipCar may have now some competition at least in the basic transportation category. With another carsharing option now available in the core downtown of DC, it’s certainly got us thinking that $250 per month for a garage could be put to better use.
Photo below: Car2Go parked on 7th St NW