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Amsterdam is next for car2go after Ulm, Austin and Hamburg

Daimler will move its car2go car-sharing program to Amsterdam this year, using electrically driven smart fortwo cars.

The German premium carmaker said the move would allow it to combine two of its newest ventures: the car2go program and its electric-vehicle project.

“We will next set a new benchmark for sustainable individual mobility by bringing these two intelligent concepts together.” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in a press release.

The car2go program is already up and running in Ulm, Germany, and Austin, Texas. Daimler launchend the program in Hamburg last week.

The Amsterdam project will start with 300 smart fortwo electric-drive vehicles that will be equipped with telematics technology that allows fully automated rental operations.

Eric Wiebes, Amsterdam city council member for transportation and air quality, said he was particularly pleased that car2go would be using electric vehicles. "It fits perfectly into Amsterdam's drive to improve the air quality in the city," he said.

Amsterdam plans to install around 300 electric charging stations by year-end, a total that is expected to grow t0 1,000 by the end of 2012.

Car2go is planning to establish a subsidiary in the Netherlands to bring the service to Amsterdam.