Montréal, October 20, 2014 – With its expansion supported by Montréal International, car sharing service car2go and its more than 20,000 members are helping Greater Montréal in its quest to become a smart city. Montréal joins 14 cities in North America and 30 cities around the world that offer the service.
“Having finished up our first year of operations, we can say that it has been a complete success; we are now looking to expand so that we can meet the growing demand from Montrealers. This is a cost-effective, simple and flexible service that optimizes the public space and urban travel,” said car2go Montréal General Manager Jérémi Lavoie. “Montrealers see our service as a sustainable mobility tool that, combined with other services such as taxis, buses and BIXI bikes, offers an alternative to private car use.”
With locations in several neighbourhoods around the city, car2go has been an unqualified hit among Montrealers. Car2go operates a 305-vehicle fleet and plans to extend its network to new neighbourhoods in the coming year.
“Car2go is a good example of the vision we are striving to develop for the future as it positively impacts Greater Montréal’s attractiveness, contributes to the region’s economy, and helps Montréal in its quest to become a smart city,” explained Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International. “We are delighted by this partnership for the development of a modern and sustainable transportation model as it helps enable our region to join the ranks of the world’s premier smart cities.”
About car2go (www.car2go.com)
Since being started in Germany in 2008, car2go has seen one of the strongest growth rates in the industry — with over 500,000 members around the world. The recognized leader in car sharing services, car2go offers an innovative mobility solution that redefines personal urban transportation through its fleet of hundreds of ecoresponsible Smart Fortwo vehicles.
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International, a non-profit organization, is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped attract $10.6 billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. And these investments have contributed to creating or maintaining close to 52,000 jobs. To date, Montréal International has also supported almost half of the city’s 60 international organizations in setting up their operations in the area, while helping attract and retain more than 9,000 highly skilled foreign workers.