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San Diegans Love to Share Cars
The San Diego car2go electric car sharing program was launched in November of last year as part of the Smart City San Diego initiative. Since then more than 6,000 people have registered to use the service and over 25,000 trips have been taken.
There were only 800 electric vehicles (EVs) in the city and now thanks to car2go there are 300 more EVs on San Diego’s roads-a 40% increase. San Diego is now one of the top cities in the world for electric vehicle drivers with an estimated 7,000 EV users.
“At a time when the cost of fuel is reaching record-high prices, San Diegans are looking for ways to reduce their dependence on fuel and for more cost-efficient modes of transportation; and car2go is a very logical choice for them," said Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go.
When the program launched there were approximately 500 rentals per week. The current average number of trips per week has increased to more than 3,500. The trips tend to be short- between 15 and 30 minutes and only 5-10 miles
San Diego’s program has passed the 100 day anniversary and to continue the momentum they are offering a deal for new members.
Now through March 11 registration, normally $35, at SanDiego.car2go.com is free with the promotion code CHARGED and the code is also good for 30 free minutes of driving time.
"For the first time in the history of North America, an entire city has been given access to a large network of electric vehicles that they can share, collaboratively," Cole."As thousands of residents of San Diego embrace car2go and the electric vehicle driving movement, they are setting an outstanding example in emissions-free urban mobility for the rest of the world."
Car2go is a global program operating across the United States and in Canada, Germany, and France. San Diego and Amsterdam were part of the largest deployment to date for the company with each city receiving 300 EVs.
Sometime this month Washington D.C. will join the program. The cities of Portland, Oregon and Berlin, Germany are scheduled to follow in April.
Car2go is an award-winning program and was given the EPA’s "Clean Air Excellence Award"in May of 2010.
The weather this weekend in San Diego is looking average for this time of year- which means perfect. Now would be the time to take that jaunt to the mall, beach or zoo that you’ve been putting off by taking advantage of car2go’s free registration.
1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.
1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.
2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.