Benz-to-Go: car-2-Go Adds Mercedes to Portland Fleet

Previously, Car2go did trials with a couple dozen larger vehicles in Canada, and found the bigger cars broadened its audience, and led to longer trips. The car-sharing service, identifiable by its blue and white smart cars, will transition to a majority Mercedes fleet by the end of 2017. Six North American cities will be the first to see the luxury sedans in the lineup - Austin, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. This move, the transportation company hopes, will actually make it a bit more useful to customers who aren't minuscule, or actually have things to transport in their cars.

Car2go has also sped up the rental process for the new vehicles.

It said it expects its fleet will be mostly Mercedes vehicles by the end of the year.

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Car2Go is a vehicle sharing service that's live in some big cities in the United States.

As far as North America goes, Car2go is only available in a handful of cities. Germany's Daimler is not only the parent of Mercedes-Benz, but of Smart and Car2go as well.

Renting the Mercedes will require using your smart phone according to the company.

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Car2Go covers fuel, parking, vehicle maintenance and insurance.

Currently, Car2Go members pay 41 cents per minute, $14.99 per hour or $84.99 per day to use a vehicle. In an email to users, the company said the $.041 per minute rate will expire March 31.

Car2Go also noted that US members looking to buy or lease a new Smart ForTwo or Mercedes-Benz vehicle, excluding the SLS AMG and AMG GT class, are eligible for a discount, which ranges from $500 to $4,500 depending on model and dealership participation, the company said. The company says it has 2.2 million members across the globe which includes parts of Europe and Chongqing, China, in addition to the US and Canada.

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