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car2go leaving Canada and US

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car2go leaving Canada and US

Got this email from ShareNow (formerly car2go) today:

It’s with a heavy heart that we must share that our last day of SHARE NOW service in North America, which includes the Vancouver area, will be February 29, 2020.

This decision was made based on two extremely complicated realities. The first being the volatile state of the global mobility landscape, and the second being the rising infrastructure complexities facing North American transportation today and the associated costs needed to sustain operations here. Ultimately, we are not in a position to commit to the level of investment necessary to make the North American market successful.


That is too bad, it is quite a popular service here. They have operations in Vancouver, Montreal, and four American cities. I am a member and use it occasionally. It sure is cheaper than owning a second car.
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Losing Car2go in Vancouver is a huge loss IMO. When I visited Vancouver, Car2go was fantastic and very accessible. I did use EVO as well but if EVO doesn't add a whole bunch of cars I can see how finding a car is going to be a lot more difficult.
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No clue who they are, never used. And I travel a decent amount through North America.
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They got butthurt in Toronto and left a year ago already. Who cares
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People in Vancouver do, as we still do not have rideshare like Uber and Lyft, and car ownership is crazy expensive if you live downtown, and Car2go provides a pretty great alternative to both..
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I use Modo personally as Car2go and Evo are non-existent really in Burnaby. I only use the car share service as a winter beater on the very few snow days we do get in Metro Vancouver. Sometimes in New West i see like 6 Evo's in a half a block on the same side of the street, a bit of a nuisance I would say as they can take up all the available street parking. Less options and choice does suck for the consumer.
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amplified wrote: I use Modo personally as Car2go and Evo are non-existent really in Burnaby.
The big advantage car2go has over modo is the ability to pick up and drop off the car in two different places. Modo makes you return the car to the same place.
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Too bad. It was a great revenue stream for the city of Toronto with all the parking tickets this company got.

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koffey wrote: Too bad. It was a great revenue stream for the city of Toronto with all the parking tickets this company got.

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I'm pretty sure they left with a huge mass of unpaid tickets in Toronto. A few mill if I recall the news report when it happened.
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coriolis wrote: I'm pretty sure they left with a huge mass of unpaid tickets in Toronto. A few mill if I recall the news report when it happened.
No doubt. But I'm sure the city did get some revenue from it, unlike out of province tickets.
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Unlucky... but I do remember seeing that Lyft is coming to Vancouver when I went recently...
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Car rental and ride-share wasn't exactly the same thing even if their uses did overlap. Like I don't own a car and used car2go for things like Costco trips which ended up being much cheaper than renting an Uber or Lyft to and from. For occasional use it had its place but I can see how it would be a difficult business model. In Montreal we still have Communauto but I always preferred car2go's system.
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koffey wrote: No doubt. But I'm sure the city did get some revenue from it, unlike out of province tickets.
They left Calgary when they complained City Hall charges them too much for parking.

But they are not in good shape and none of them want to devalue their brand in North America especially once Smart is now gone. Love those GLA/CLAs where they were around. They are sometimes cheaper than parking rates in downtown.

I like them less in Vancouver because you can't ditch them anywhere you like compared to Calgary.
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gr8dlr wrote: Losing Car2go in Vancouver is a huge loss IMO. When I visited Vancouver, Car2go was fantastic and very accessible. I did use EVO as well but if EVO doesn't add a whole bunch of cars I can see how finding a car is going to be a lot more difficult.
Having both Car2go and Evo, I have to say I HIGHLY prefer Evo.
I don't know about car numbers, but it's generally fairly easy to find either depending on where/when.
Obviously if you're going in the "same" direction as everyone else just before/after work you're gonna have a bad time, but otherwise it's not bad.
Evo however has a MUCH higher coverage area and has "sub" areas like Metrotown, Airport, and New West. I think they're expanding to other areas too.
Car2go pulled airport and seems to be shrinking (well actually is shrinking to nothing but I mean before pulling out)

And as much as I hate Prius, I hated the Fortwo even more.
I still never got to ever drive one of the Benz since I swear there's only like 2 of them in the entire city.
ZeroToHero wrote: People in Vancouver do, as we still do not have rideshare like Uber and Lyft, and car ownership is crazy expensive if you live downtown, and Car2go provides a pretty great alternative to both..
Evo isn't going anywhere. Also Modo especially if you're considering an alternative to ownership.
Evo/Car2go was great because it's a one way thing, but if you're replacing a car (read: usually originating and terminating in the same spot) Modo is far cheaper.
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death_hawk wrote: Having both Car2go and Evo, I have to say I HIGHLY prefer Evo.
I don't know about car numbers, but it's generally fairly easy to find either depending on where/when.
Obviously if you're going in the "same" direction as everyone else just before/after work you're gonna have a bad time, but otherwise it's not bad.
Evo however has a MUCH higher coverage area and has "sub" areas like Metrotown, Airport, and New West. I think they're expanding to other areas too.
Car2go pulled airport and seems to be shrinking (well actually is shrinking to nothing but I mean before pulling out)

And as much as I hate Prius, I hated the Fortwo even more.
I still never got to ever drive one of the Benz since I swear there's only like 2 of them in the entire city.



Evo isn't going anywhere. Also Modo especially if you're considering an alternative to ownership.
Evo/Car2go was great because it's a one way thing, but if you're replacing a car (read: usually originating and terminating in the same spot) Modo is far cheaper.
I used whatever was closest to me when I was vacationing in Vancouver. I did like Prius over the Fortwo car drivewise but when you're looking to park and "end" your trip, it was easier to find parking for a Car2go Fortwo vehicle.

@Canoek - if the City of Toronto did the right thing, they would've opened up parking for a reasonable price to improve the Car2go service. City of Toronto charges next to nothing /yr for the residents to park their car on the streets with permits...they protested because they were going to lose some spots not entirely realizing that having Car2go spots on their street meant they can access cars easily whenever they wanted to take a car. Car2go sharing could've meant less car ownership if there was a better alternative to the unreliable TTC service.
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gr8dlr wrote: I used whatever was closest to me when I was vacationing in Vancouver. I did like Prius over the Fortwo car drivewise but when you're looking to park and "end" your trip, it was easier to find parking for a Car2go Fortwo vehicle.
In Vancouver specifically (as in City of Vancouver) it's even easier now that all metered spots are eligible.
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gr8dlr wrote: I used whatever was closest to me when I was vacationing in Vancouver. I did like Prius over the Fortwo car drivewise but when you're looking to park and "end" your trip, it was easier to find parking for a Car2go Fortwo vehicle.

@Canoek - if the City of Toronto did the right thing, they would've opened up parking for a reasonable price to improve the Car2go service. City of Toronto charges next to nothing /yr for the residents to park their car on the streets with permits...they protested because they were going to lose some spots not entirely realizing that having Car2go spots on their street meant they can access cars easily whenever they wanted to take a car. Car2go sharing could've meant less car ownership if there was a better alternative to the unreliable TTC service.
No thank you. I would rather keep my spot than sell it to the highest bidder. Good riddance to car2go.
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It's too bad. I have used Evo and Car2Go to and from the airport. I prefer to drive myself over taking a taxi or Uber/Lyft.

From my understanding, Car2Go is doing well in Vancouver but with no other market in North America able to sustain it it's gone

I hope Evo will pick up the slack.
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