Beginning next year, car2go, Daimler’s carsharing operation, will be offering its services in Paris. The announcement was made by car2go CEO Olivier Reppert in Paris. Car2go will initially offer 400 of the very latest fully electric smart EQ for two cars for spontaneous and flexible rental to the inhabitants of Paris. During the course of 2019, car2go expects to add several hundred more cars to the Paris fleet.

Olivier Reppert said: “Paris offers ideal conditions for our free-floating carsharing principle. I’m certain that Paris will become a very successful car2go location. I’m really pleased that we can launch there with a fleet of fully electric smart for twos. They are already one of the most popular vehicles in Paris – not only because they are manufactured in France, but also because they are the perfect cars for that city.”

Fourth electric location in Europe

After Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Madrid, Paris will become the fourth city in which car2go operates a fully electric fleet of cars. To date, the more than 400,000 customers at the electric fleet locations have driven over 79m zero-local-emission kilometres – equating to 1,972 times around the world.

With the launch in Paris, car2go is further extending its leading position in the electric carsharing sector. From the beginning of 2019, the inhabitants of Paris will join the community of 3.4m car2go customers worldwide and travel through the streets of Paris in fully electric smart EQ for two cars creating zero local emissions.

The electric vehicles not only have beneficial effects on the air quality, but the carsharing principle itself also helps cities manage traffic and parking problems. A recent study by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology showed that each car2go vehicle on the streets of Berlin replaces up to 15 private cars. The study also indicated that the total number of private car kilometres driven in the city is significantly reduced through the use of car2go vehicles. Reppert: “Carsharing plays an important part in solving the traffic problems in cities.”

Why is Paris an ideal carsharing city?

Daimler maintains Paris fulfils many preconditions necessary for the successful launch of a free-floating carsharing service. Car2go takes many factors into consideration before launching in a city, including for example, the size and population density of the city, the local public transport network and the work-leisure-residential balance within the urban districts.

However, Paris has not been without its challenges in the carshare sector. The Autolib electric car scheme was wound up in the summer amid reports of trashed cars.