VANCOUVER, B.C. — car2go Canada Ltd., the fastest-growing carsharing company in British Columbia made a $20,000 donation to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice on Wednesday, on behalf of the 10,000 members who registered with car2go in 2011. Canuck Place offers comprehensive care to more than 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout British Columbia, by providing world-class health care in a home-like environment, with comfortable surroundings, personalized programs, and more than 100 staff and volunteers.
“car2go is very proud to support the vital services of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in our community,” said Nicholas Cole, President & CEO of car2go Canada. “car2go is committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate, and thanks to the members who have registered with car2go in Vancouver this year, we are able to reach children and families in need across BC, through this donation to Canuck Place.”
“We are so grateful for the generosity and support of car2go and its members,” said Filomena Nalewajek, CEO of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. “This gift will provide comfort and care to our children and families at a time when they need it most. Thank you, car2go!"
car2go in Vancouver
car2go opened its doors in Gastown, Vancouver in June 2011, and in less than six-months has grown to include more than 10,000 registered members. Since its inception, car2go Vancouver members have collectively taken more than 100,000 trips with car2go.
Unlike traditional carsharing and car rental companies, car2go members can use car2go with or without making an advance reservation, and without having to commit to a return time or location. Members pay only for the time they use the vehicle, by the minute, with discounted rates for hourly and daily use. Parking, fuel, maintenance and insurance are included at no additional cost.
Each car2go member in Vancouver is charged a mandatory annual ICBC fee for carsharing, in the amount of $2, which car2go puts into a charitable fund and presents to a non-profit organization each year. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is the recipient of this inaugural donation.
The second-installment of the annual donation will be presented to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in June 2012, and will include $2 for each new member who registers by June 18, 2012. From now through Dec. 21, 2011, all new members will receive 30 free minutes of driving time, and the one-time $35 membership fee will be waived. For details of the promotion visit www.car2govancouver.com.
For media inquires, please contact:
Katie Stafford, car2go Canada
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
Canuck Place offers a comprehensive continuum of care to over 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout British Columbia. The program is unique offering world-class health care within a home-like environment. With comfortable surroundings, personalized programs, caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers, it is a place for children and families to come in their time of need.
car2go — A Different Way to Carshare
A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, car2go N. A., LLC, offers an innovative mobility solution that is redefining individual transportation in rapidly growing urban areas by offering a network of several hundred environment-friendly smart fortwo vehicles for members to use. It provides an innovative mode of “on-demand” transportation, which complements existing public transportation alternatives by bridging the gaps commonly associated with the “first and last mile” of a public transit commute.
car2go is currently operational in seven cities: Austin, Texas; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Diego, California; Ulm, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Vienna, Austria.
Unlike traditional carsharing programs or car rental companies, car2go is free-floating and very flexible. car2go vehicles are located throughout the city and can be accessed on-demand or reserved in advance. The members may use the vehicle for as long as they like, without committing to a specific return time or return location. Charges are based on minutes used and include fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go has earned international acclaim: In September 2010, car2go was recognized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the “2010 Greater Austin Business Award” for its positive impact on traffic in the city. The same month, car2go received the “Clean Tech Media Award” in the category of “Mobility” in Berlin. In May 2010, car2go was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its prestigious “2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award.” Further information on car2go is available at www.car2go.com and www.media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e .