he biggest player in Vancouver’s fierce competition for car-sharing customers has upped its game with the addition of 25 new vehicles.
The move by car2go might not seem like a big deal, given the company already has more than 1,200 vehicles driving on Vancouver streets. But it has people excited because the new additions are four-door, five-seat Mercedes B-class vehicles.
Up until today (September 28), the only automobiles car2go had available in Vancouver were two-door Smart Fortwo cars.
The new Mercedes vehicles are significantly larger and allow for an additional two passengers.
The move could be interpreted as a response to Evo Car Share, a growing competitor to car2go in Vancouver. In recent months, Evo has deployed more of its four-door Toyota Priuses to Vancouver.
Car2go’s Mercedes B-class cars cost the same as the company’s Smart Fortwo vehicles. They can be found via a new filter in the Settings section of car2go’s mobile app.
Car2go is a subsidiary of Daimler AG, a German corporation that also owns both Mercedes-Benz and smart Automobile, the manufacturer of the Smart Fortwo vehicle. Evo is owned and operated by the B.C. Automobile Association (BCAA).
In Vancouver car2go and Evo compete with a number of other car-sharing services, including Zipcar and Modo Coop, the latter of which was founded in Vancouver’s West End in 1997.