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Car2Go in San Diego

Posted by: raindrop 8 years, 1 month ago


Car2Go is popping up around the nation, and recently rooted in San Diego. 

What is Car2Go?

Their free floating electric cars mean you can pick up and drop off the electric cars anytime with no specific return time.  People who use the Car2Go can leave the car anywhere within the operating area.  The cars are rented by the minute, hour, or day.  The idea is ultimately there will be a car within walking distance to everywhere within the operating area, so someone who needs to run an errand, they can do so without needing a car.

The Car2Go pricing is simple:

Per minute $0.35 plus tax
Per hour maximum $12.99 plus tax
Per day maximum $65.99 plus tax
Per mi after 150 mi per rental 45 cents, plus tax

The rates include re-charging, parking, mileage, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS Navigation, 24/7 customer support, and roadside assistance.

For people who don't use their cars regularly, Car2Go is the perfect solution.

Currently, Coronado is not included in Car2Go's operating area, but Dave is hoping to change that.  Many Coronado residents and visitors don't rely heavily on their cars, and only use it to go over the bridge and to the grocery store.  For those residents, it is much less expensive to use the Car2Go car than to own a car and have to pay for maintenance, insurance, gas, etc.

How does it work?

There are only a few simple steps that you need to follow in order to use Car2Go:

    • Join as a Member.  There is a $35 registration fee.  Joining is easy and painless. Simply click here to be diverted to their membership application.
    • Reserve the Car online.
    • Use your key (that has been mailed to you since joining) and get in the car.
    • Use the touchscreen on the car to enter your pin and accept the terms and conditions.
    • Drive to your destination.

There are many additional perks of using Car2Go, including free metered parking throughout the designated area.

Personally, I think the Car2Go business model is excellent and a great addition to San Diego.  I'm looking forward to having Coronado included in the Car2Go map.  Keep in mind, that while Coronado is not presently a location where you can leave the Car2Go, you are allowed to drive outside the designated map area, within their terms and conditions.

For more information on the Car2Go business, visit their website at





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