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PHOTO CAPTION: Stuttgart officials pose with battery-powered smartfortwo, similar those to be used in carshare program.

Electric smart car2go Launches in Stuttgart

300 battery electric smartfortwo vehicles will be deployed around the German home of Daimler, along with 500 charging stations.

Published: 04-Dec-2012

STUTTGART. People in Stuttgart can now drive cars completely electrically for 29 cents per minute. Daimler today launched its car2go mobility concept in its "home town," using vehicles equipped solely with electric drive systems. car2go is operating Germany's biggest all-electric fleet in Stuttgart, encompassing a total of 300 battery-electric smart brand cars. EnBW will set up 500 charging points throughout the city and its surrounding region until end of 2013 so that drivers can recharge electricity from renewable sources of energy.

"car2go offers affordable electric mobility for everyone. Thanks to car2go, people in Stuttgart can see for themselves that electric drive systems are suited for everyday use," said Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche at the mobility concept's official launch in the New Palace of Baden-Württemberg's capital city. "With the launch of car2go in Stuttgart, Daimler is once again underscoring its innovation leadership with regard to new mobility concepts and new technologies."

Residents and visitors of Stuttgart can now travel in an electric car at any time and on the spur of the moment. On their smartphones or the Internet, customers can see where the nearest unoccupied car2go vehicle is located. Using their membership cards, drivers can open the vehicle without any prior booking and lock the door again once their trip is over. Customers can leave car2go vehicles standing at any public parking lot within the 75-square-kilometer service area, which is scheduled to be expanded next year to include selected regions in the greater Stuttgart area.

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