Not that kind of sharing


Emailed on April 19th, 2019 in The Friday Forward

Car2go, the free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app.

Car2go launched in Chicago last June, the first time in four years that the company added a U.S. city to its ranks. The car-sharing company lets customers rent out vehicles on a short-term basis. Daimler’s diminutive Smart cars were once the lone option for car2go customers. The company has expanded its offerings in recent years and now offers Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA, as well as the two-door Smartfortwo vehicles.

And now 100 of them are gone. 

It is believed that 50 vehicles, all of them Mercedes-Benz models, remain in the greater Chicago area. Police are questioning more than a dozen persons of interest.

Sean Steigerwald