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Deutsche Bahn plans car-sharing network

The Local · 6 May 2012, 11:01

Published: 06 May 2012 11:01 GMT+02:00

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According to business weekly Wirtschaftswoche, Deutsche Bahn is working on an app that will integrate its existing Flinkster service with Daimler’s Car2Go and BMW’s DriveNow to book cars.

The principle behind the car-sharing scheme is to have cars available for rent more quickly and more widely.

Until now, most of the cars have been available in large cities, where customers can pick them up at short notice and return them, with automatic charges made to their accounts based on how many kilometres they have driven.

Wirtschaftswoche reported that under the new network, Deutsche Bahn would also work with Opel, Ford, Peugeot and Citroën dealers, and offer reservations and booking services for them.

Flinkster, with 2,500 cars and 190,000 customers, currently has 55 percent of the car-sharing market in Germany. Deutsche Bahn has said it wants to double its fleet of cars by 2014.

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The rental agency Opel Rent reportedly would not comment directly on dealings with Deutsche Bahn, but did confirm negotiations with “one of the largest German car-sharing companies.”

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Your comments about this article

17:05 May 6, 2012 by Simon_Kellett
When does car-sharing become car-rental?
23:04 May 6, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Simon, I guess it becomes car rental when you control totally who is in the car. In car sharing you share a car with whoever else is going the same way as you. Similar to sharing a carriage on a train, I guess.
02:49 May 7, 2012 by green idea factory
Berlin fuer alles, what you are describing is "ridesharing". Simon, carsharing is about very short term rentals for members, generally for no more than a few hours, using cars parked in lots and garages and accessible with a smart card. The Car2Go system allows you to pick up a car in one location and drop it off at another, often just on the street. Many carshare members do not own cars. Lots more info via Google or Wikipedia.....
08:48 May 7, 2012 by SidBerlin
Am I the only one who remembers that DB Carsharing used to be networked with other providers, such as StattAuto/Greenwheels? They broke it off suddenly in a not nice way.
22:45 May 8, 2012 by murka
"Flinkster ... currently has 55 percent of the car-sharing market in Germany." Huh? Never ever heard of it.
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