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Vancouver is the latest city where Daimler plans to launch its car2go car-sharing program

Daimler said it is launching its car2go car-sharing program in Vancouver this summer.

The German premium carmaker, which has announced several new cities for car2go recently, said it is creating a new Canadian subsidiary, car2go Canada Ltd, to manage the scheme.

Anetwork of 225 low-emission smart "car2go edition" vehicles will be available to Vancouver car2go members from June and residents of the city in western Canada can pre-register for car2go membership online.

Car2go was launched in Ulm, Germany, three years ago. The program was introduced in Austin, Texas, a year later and Daimler is continuing its global rollout. Last month, it announced that Amsterdam and Hamburg would get a car2go fleet.

Competitor BMW also announced recently that it is planning a car-sharing program, DriveNow, together with car rental group Sixt.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press release: "We want to ensure that we provide a full range of sustainable transportation options for our citizens, and car2go's unique car-sharing model is a great fit for Vancouver."

Car2go uses a "free-floating" model of car sharing, where cars are available throughout a city and can be accessed "on-demand" or reserved up to 24 hours in advance. Car2go members can use car2go smartphone apps, the car2go website or a telephone hotline to find the nearest vehicle within the 47-square-kilometer pickup and drop-off area.

Members can drive the car when and where they want. They ca leave it in any available "permit only" on-street parking spot in downtown or residential neighborhoods within the defined business area, or in one of the specially marked car2go parking spaces.