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After the successful introduction of car2go in 32 cities around the world, the subsidiary of German car manufacturer Daimler AG launched its service in the central-Chinese megacity Chongqing on 15 April 2016. With 400 cars available in a designated service area in downtown Chongqing (approx. 60 km2), it is not only the first Chinese city, but the first city in Asia to include free-floating carsharing in its urban transport system. As one of the forerunners in promoting carsharing, Chongqing can be awarded as a lighthouse for the overall development of new mobility services in China. In comparison to conventional station-based carsharing, which is available in various Chinese cities since 2009, free-floating services do not require its users to pick up and return the vehicles at designated carsharing stations. Instead the cars can be parked on every legal parking space within a geographically defined service area. The cars can be booked…

After moovel’s announcement at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu to bring car2go to China, the German mobility service provider and the Chongqing Municipal Government agreed on launching car2go in the Chinese megacity Chongqing. Mr. Roland Keppler, COO of moovel GmbH, and Mr. Dong Jianguo, Vice Secretary General of Chongqing Municipal Government, jointly signed the car2go agreement as a basis for the future cooperation on free-floating carsharing in Chongqing. The signing of the car2go agreement, which took place on 08 January 2015 at the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area Management Center, was endorsed by a keynote speech of GIZ’s Sustainable Transport Programme Director Daniel Bongardt. Participating local authorities from Chongqing included Mr. Ling Yueming, Member of the Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal Government, as well as representatives of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of Transportation, the Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Public Security and the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area Government. On the…