Car2go will begin operations of an all-electric car-sharing fleet in San Diego before the end of this year, the Daimler subsidiary announced. The company is planning to roll out 300 of its Smart Fortwo electric vehicles (EVs) – a car that, as we noted earlier this year, is already being tested in the state – over the next few months.
The Smart Fortwo is powered by a 16.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a 30 kilowatt magneto-electric motor, giving it a stated range of over 80 miles on a single charge. The electric car can take over three hours to push the charge meter from 20 percent to 80 percent charged, and needs a full eight hours to reach full capacity if completely depleted. Of course, Car2go’s sharing system most likely means the majority of users will not be driving outside the city limits.
Ecotality, overseers of the EV Project, joined the announcement of the EV fleet coming to San Diego, saying the cars will be refueled by Blink charging stations. We recently noted that Ecotality had installed 10 such units in the city’s famous Balboa Park.
Car2go is up and running in just one other U.S. location, but that operation in Austin, Texas, uses the regular Smart two-seater compacts. Expansion with electrics is planned in Vancouver, Canada, as well in Hamburg and Ulm, Germany. Car2go isn’t the only venture looking to provide short-term rental plans for all-electric cars, however, as we recently noted a similar service in Toronto from the company AutoShare.