Car2Go arrives in the UK

In Birmingham, to be precise. It’s more or less a car club, but interesting because (a) it’s owned by Daimler, and is thus a sign of the car industry pursuing new kinds of ‘car-as-a-service’ business model and (b) because it doesn’t require users to return the cars to designated bays. The scheme is backed by the city council, the pay-as-you-go fee includes parking charges (and fuel, and everything else as far as I can see), and you can leave the vehicle in any public parking space. There are 250 cars at the start.

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