Car-sharing service cites lack of usage in its announcement to leave the city.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
The car-sharing service, Car2go, has announced it will pull out of Eugene, citing a lack of usage.
In an email to users, the company wrote: “In the time car2go has been operating in Eugene, we’ve seen that each of the 50 car2go vehicles available for use by our Eugene members have been utilized, at most, once per day. This is a stark contrast to the vehicles in the Portland Home Area, which are driven by members over seven times per day per vehicle.”
The company said service in Eugene will be halted June 30.
Car2go, which is owned by Daimler AG, allows registered users to rent a car by the minute, hour or day. Users can find an available car parked on a street using the service’s website or smartphone app. In Lane County, cars could be picked up and dropped off in a 10-square-mile area that includes the University of Oregon and downtown Eugene and Springfield.
Point2point, which is part of the Lane Transit District, said Tuesday it was “saddened by the news that car2go will end its operations in Eugene/Springfield.” Point2point, whose mission is to work on different transportation options, said Enterprise CarShare has agreed to offer a free carshare membership and $30 in driving credits to car2go members “to alleviate any inconvenience that car2Go’s departure may cause.”
(SOURCE: Register Guard)
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Deirdre Sunday, 21 August 2016 07:12 Comment Link
That's too bad! I used these quite a bit around Portland, particularly helpful before and after transit service operates for the day. True, the transmissions do have you feel a bit like you'really driving a rollerskate, but being able to have all the security and fuel bundled right into the low rental fee, made it one of the more economical options. It seems generally that this area of Eugene/Springfield does a lot less rideshare/carsharing, and that people here thought of these mini-cars as not as good, or 'halfling' versions of full-sized cars. Using many EU countries as an example of small car ease and efficiency, in fuel and parking, it boggles my mind that US drivers are still on the bigger is better ride. Maybe as the region grows, they'look do another pilot here?