The little blue-and-white Car2Go vehicles will spread Monday to South and West Seattle, after a torrid early-2013 startup in the north and central city.
Members who obtain a Car2Go card can electronically unlock any SmartCar at curbside, drive crosstown for 38 cents a minute, then drop it off at another curbside, except for spots that become traffic or bus lanes at rush hour.
Car2Go, which arrived here in January, signed up 18,000 drivers by mid-March, its fastest startup in the U.S.
Currently, the territory goes from North 130th Street to South Lander Street. Next week’s expansion will reach Southwest Morgan Street and the High Point area of West Seattle, a node at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, continuing along South Michigan and Orcas Streets nearly to Seward Park (see map below).
There have been some complaints and confusion by neighbors who see the cars occupying the curb, notably in Magnolia as described in this local news article. Car2Go pays the city $1,330 per car per year for parking privileges, including members’ free use of residential and metered spaces.
The 330 gasoline-powered cars in Seattle will increase by 100. There are no plans to add electric cars, but that is possible in the future, said spokeswoman Katie Stafford. Good2Go, a subsidiary of Daimler, has 20 electric cars and 300 gasoline-powered cars in Austin, and 30 electric cars with 250 gasoline-powered cars in Portland, she said.