car2go, a carsharing service that allows drivers to rent vehicles over short periods, has launched in Jerusalem. As part of the first phase of the rollout, a fleet of 17 vehicles has been strategically placed throughout the city. Drivers will be able to rent the cars by the minute, hour, or day.
Already active in major Israeli cities like Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Rishon LeZion, the service enables individuals to forgo all of the negative aspects of car rental and ownership. Each rental car is expected to eliminate up to 13 private cars from the terminally-congested roads of Jerusalem, reducing traffic and overall CO2 emissions.
To begin using the service, a registration fee of 145 shekels and a monthly subscription fee of 50 shekels are required. The cost of driving a vehicle is calculated based on the length of time it is used and the number of kilometers driven. Fuel, insurance, and guaranteed parking are included in the fee. As part of the initial launch, new users can sign up for a 60-day trial free of membership fees.
Mapped below are the current car2go stations:
(Header Photo by Guy Asiag)