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 part of Daimler and moovel, Mr. Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Daimler Financial Service, and Mr. Rainer Becker, Head of Business Development Asia Pacific of moovel GmbH, joined the event.
Car2go is the world’s first free-floating carsharing system. It is operated by moovel GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, and it currently offers 12.500 carsharing vehicles to more than one million members in 29 European and North American cities. Chongqing will be the first Chinese city and moreover the first city in Asia to include the free-floating carsharing service in its urban transport system.