Saturday 17 August 2019

Shared car firm Car2go expands to Schiphol airport

Photo: Car2go

Car2go, global market leader in the shared car sector, is branching out to include Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, the Financieele Dagblad reported.

Car2go has yet to iron out the final details, but travelers will to be able to pick up an electric car at the airport and drive into the city or get the car in town and park it at Schiphol.

A ride will cost €0.31 a minute plus an airport surcharge of €8.90. Car2go is a unit of German car maker Daimler, and has a fleet of 300 two-passenger Smart cars in Amsterdam. The service, therefore, is designed for a maximum of two passengers and a few cases.

The move to the airport will make the service competitive with taxis. Taking a Car2go from the airport to the Zuidas business district will cost about €15, roughly half the cost of a taxi. The train is the cheapest option at about €5 for a first-class ticket to station Zuid.

Car2go is the largest car-sharing company in the world with 2.5 million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. But it is not popular everywhere: the company had to pull out of several cities including Copenhagen, Stockholm and London due to lack of interest.

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