On Wednesday, SHARE NOW, also known as Car2Go, announced that it will cease all its operations in North America, effective in February 2020.
In a release, the company said the decision was made after discussions with its two shareholders, Daimler AG and The BMW Group.
SHARE NOW managed more than four million customers in 31 cities around the world and boasted a fleet of over 20,000 vehicles in 31 cities across North America and Europe.
In its statement, the company said the decision to cease operation in North America “was made based on two extremely complicated realities.”
The first one being “the volatile state of the global mobility landscape, and the second being the rising infrastructure complexities facing North American transportation today.”
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Reaction to the company’s announcement didn’t take long, as customers of the service shared their reactions on social media.
This is a terrible blow to car sharing in Vancouver. Long time @Car2Go user, I am very disappointed that @sharenow_na is pulling out of North America. #sharenow #sharenow_na #car2go #betrayl #carsharing #environment
— Karen Lavender (@KarenLavender16) December 18, 2019
🙁 Rip Car2Go in North America! What a shame 🥺 https://t.co/wzClO2IOyF
— Tristan Bunyard (@GoTristN) December 18, 2019
I’m devastated. I use these cars every day as my primary transportation. I have always loved Car2go and thought their service was great until Sharenow got involved. What a cryin’ shame. https://t.co/0bo8c8xplq
— Kelly McCann (@kellyannmccann) December 18, 2019
This sucks so much. We got rid of a car directly because of the availability of Car2go (and ReachNow, etc). The bus is still my main form of transit, but these cars were great for errands, shopping, etc. https://t.co/3doIszGIdH
— Cameron Stokes (@clstokes) December 18, 2019
Sucks for Vancouver….
No uber or lyft…
Horrible car insurance rates, taxi system that works 1% of the time, and some run down mobi bike stations scattered around the city.
Getting an EVO is also going to be impossible now.
— Jason Kim (@JasonKimvc) December 18, 2019
— Kyla Rose 🌹 🐳 🙃 ✍🏻 (@krositabanana) December 18, 2019
Car2Go kept us a one car family for the time it existed in Saint Paul. Bought the second car when they left that market. Plus side is I still use the Car2Go lip balm that I got at one of their events many years ago.
— John Bailey (@newinsatx) December 18, 2019
That’s the end of Car2Go.
Too bad. I enjoyed the service and found it very useful. https://t.co/KGUEh7FMFT
— Paul Doroshenko, Q.C. (@PaulDoroshenko) December 18, 2019
In short: car2go is leaving D.C. as of the end of February 2020. It was the first, and now the biggest, point to point carsharing service. (As opposed to Zipcar and the like, where you pick up and return the car to the same location.) https://t.co/1UfS7NJcHQ
— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) December 18, 2019
I’m really bummed out … On February 29, SHARE NOW (Car2Go) will discontinue service in North America ~ https://t.co/7aYguuW5CU
— Megan Campbell (@megantcampbell) December 18, 2019
But what will happen to the cars?
Some people wondered what the company was going to do with its massive fleet of vehicles, and even questioned if they could buy one themselves.
— Kate Hammerberg (@kate_hberg) December 18, 2019
In a statement to Daily Hive, SHARE NOW spokesperson Tiffany Young said vehicles in impacted cities will be sold off. They will not, however, be made available for sale to the general public.
The Vancouver connection
The car sharing company’s exit is expected to be particularly hard felt in Vancouver, which SHARE NOW has previously said is its largest market in North America.
This is a serious blow to people who chose to avoid car ownership specifically because of options like ShareNow/Car2Go and for a city who hung our caps on achievements in getting people to use alternative modes of transit. Car2Go was awesome for the “final km/mile” after transit.
— Ingrid Valou (@IngridValour) December 18, 2019
— Michelle Johnson (@johnsonmich) December 18, 2019
@car2goVancouver what? No more car2go for Vancouver anymore?!!
— Oscar (@kotygomez79) December 18, 2019
— Kaila Butler (@kaila_butler) December 18, 2019
— Kaila Butler (@kaila_butler) December 18, 2019
Well dammit @car2goVancouver. It’s been nice knowing you.
— Lori (@NurseNerdy) December 18, 2019
— Rachel Maxcy (@RachelMaxcy) December 18, 2019
This is really disappointing, as I have relied heavily on @car2goVancouver to get around the city.
— Bradley on the Run (@bjcjapan) December 18, 2019
— Kyle Tiney (@kyletiney) December 18, 2019
In August of this year, the company confirmed with Daily Hive that it had about 223,000 members in Metro Vancouver sharing 1,200 vehicles.