MORE YOUNG AMERICANS are forgoing the dream of car ownership for public transport, bikes and car-sharing. Smartphones and other technologies have made this shift in transportation preferences possible. It’s an example of the rise of the sharing economy, where accessibility is valued more than ownership. The sharing economy has taken root in Columbus through several companies like Uber, Airbnb and car2go (which launched in October 2013). The Columbus car2go operation boasts 300 smart cars that can be accessed 24/7 without committing to specific return time or location. Instead, the company’s fleet is scattered throughout a defined service area and each car is rented by the minute. As a member of car2go myself, it’s been a handy addition to the mix of transportation options I use, especially for one-way trips downtown. The company is now taking their commitment a step further in the Columbus market: car2go memberships for businesses.
DRIVING YOUR BUSINESS
Companies looking to save, streamline or simplify can turn to car2go Corporate Solutions to tap into a flexible mobility program that also happens to be eco-friendly. That’s important for businesses that are also enrolled in the city’s Green Spot program (ColumbusGreenSpot.org). The car2go car-sharing program can help companies lessen or eliminate the need for a company fleet as well as reduce expense, travel and parking.
HOW IT WORKS
One of the features that employers will love is real-time reporting for employees using the service. This feature allows employers to access a driver’s name, start and end time, beginning and ending locations and travel details.
Every car2go vehicle is equipped with the keys inside and a credit card to refuel, if necessary. Gas and parking — even at meters throughout Columbus — are included in the 41 cents per minute rental price. Hourly rentals are $14.99. The rates are all-inclusive and cover rental, gas, insurance, parking (in authorized areas) and maintenance. In most markets car2go vehicles can park in specially designated parking spots or in standard parking areas, with a special permit.
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