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Car2go expands London car sharing scheme

The scheme was launched in Islington and Sutton in December 2012 and is now being made available in large areas of Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Kingston, Richmond, South Lambeth, South Southwark and Croydon.

The additional areas will offer drivers the ability to rent 500 smart mhd cars, which can be parked in all legal and unrestricted free-parking areas without considering any fixed rental station.

In Islington and Sutton the car2go vehicles can also use any metered or pay station spaces as well as any shared residential permit parking space.

At the same time car2go has announced that it is suspending its service in Newham due to higher demands in other areas of the city.

‘Many Londoners have already started to use this new on-demand way of travelling around the city,’ said Stefan Mueller, CEO of car2go Europe GmbH. ‘Expanding our free-floating business area allows us to offer the car2go service to even more people.’

Registered car2go members can locate any available car through the car2go London website, by using the free app or just by walking up to an available car, touching the card reader on the windscreen, getting in and driving off.

car2go costs 35p per minute and is billed directly to the customer’s account. This rate includes fuel, insurance, road tax, parking and maintenance. Customers don’t even have to return their car2go to the same parking bay from which it was collected – any unregulated parking space within the home area will do.

The expanded service in London follows car2go’s launch in Birmingham in early May 2013, which marked its expansion into a second city in the UK. The company has more than 375,000 customers worldwide using more than 7,300 vehicles.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.