CHONGQING – The city of Chongqing has become the largest location worldwide for Daimler’s car2go car sharing platform in terms of membership, a year after the service opened its first Asian location here, Daimler said in a statement on April 28.
Originally started in April 2016 with 400 smart fortwo cars, there are now 600 cars on the streets of Chongqing covering a service area of 86 square km.
“The successful market introduction of car2go in China is extremely important to us. It shows that our concept of flexible car sharing is coming up in one of the world’s largest growth markets. In this way, we are strengthening our regional, as well as global, leading role in innovative mobility services,” said Klaus Entenmann, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Financial Services AG.
Olivier Reppert, CEO of car2go Group GmbH, believes there is additional growth potential for car2go in China. “Flexible car sharing reduces traffic in cities, frees up valuable parking space and improves air quality. car2go is thus helping to improve the quality of life in Chongqing while at the same time fulfilling the mobility needs of residents. We are therefore convinced that we will encounter a great response to our mobility services offered in other Asian metropolises as well,” said Reppert.
In order to make the mobility services offered even more attractive in the future, car2go and Car2Share recently merged under the roof of Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance Ltd. to form the consolidated car2go China Co., Ltd. to provide the right mobility solution for different situations. “With the concentrated power and the comprehensive know-how of the car2go and Car2Share brands, we will offer our car2go China customers tailor-made mobility solutions in the future,” said Chen Bing, CEO of car2go China.
The consolidated car2go China now has a total of seven Chinese locations: Car2Share currently operates about 70 fixed rental stations in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, car2go operates a free-floating concept in Chongqing. After the merger, both companies had a combined 250,000 customers who between them have completed over 5 million km of car sharing journeys – enough to go around the Earth 121 times.