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Eco-loco: The wild and wonderful world of the green car

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 2 of 13: The sight of a Car2Go, ZipCar, or other car sharing service is a common sight in most large American cities. Using the system couldn’t be easier: find a nearby car with a phone app, book it, and go. When the ride is over, leave the car in an approved space and just walk away. The benefits are enormous. The initial outlay to use the service is often nominal, as little as five to fifteen dollars in many cases. Billing is automatic, and rates can be less than 50 cents a minute, a price that includes fuel and insurance. A variety of cars are often available to meet individual needs, be it a quick trip to the shops or lugging back an antique sideboard from the farmers’ market. The trademark Smart car of Car2Go is no accident: Mercedes owns both (other cars in the fleet include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and GLC-Class). In the future, Car2Go wants to take advantage of autonomous technology to make the service even simpler. The vision EQ fortwo (their caps-lock appears to be selective) is an electric vehicle that comes when you call it and goes away when you’re through, eliminating the need for a trip to the car share lot down the block. There are currently almost 8 million car sharing customers, and that number is expected to nearly quintuple by 2025. Autonomous vehicles remove the need for dedicated lots near population centers and points of interest. There will always be a car when needed, as the vehicles will be programmed to return to and “hover” in busy areas at busy times. The vehicles are fully electric, and will be able to find their own way to a charging point when needed. Explore the latest from Mercedes-Benz on MSN Autos

Smart vision EQ Fortwo Concept

The sight of a Car2Go, ZipCar, or other car sharing service is a common sight in most large American cities. Using the system couldn’t be easier: find a nearby car with a phone app, book it, and go. When the ride is over, leave the car in an approved space and just walk away.

The benefits are enormous. The initial outlay to use the service is often nominal, as little as five to fifteen dollars in many cases. Billing is automatic, and rates can be less than 50 cents a minute, a price that includes fuel and insurance. A variety of cars are often available to meet individual needs, be it a quick trip to the shops or lugging back an antique sideboard from the farmers’ market.

The trademark Smart car of Car2Go is no accident: Mercedes owns both (other cars in the fleet include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and GLC-Class).

In the future, Car2Go wants to take advantage of autonomous technology to make the service even simpler. The vision EQ fortwo (their caps-lock appears to be selective) is an electric vehicle that comes when you call it and goes away when you’re through, eliminating the need for a trip to the car share lot down the block.

There are currently almost 8 million car sharing customers, and that number is expected to nearly quintuple by 2025. Autonomous vehicles remove the need for dedicated lots near population centers and points of interest. There will always be a car when needed, as the vehicles will be programmed to return to and “hover” in busy areas at busy times. The vehicles are fully electric, and will be able to find their own way to a charging point when needed.

Explore the latest from Mercedes-Benz on MSN Autos

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