Car2Go firm pitches Bird Rock Community Council

By Dave Schwab

With gas prices spiking, people are seeking convenient, less-costly alternatives to the internal combustion engine.

One practical substitute might be electrical cars.

Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) heard from David Cully of Car2Go electrical car rentals, who touted the benefits of electrical cars at the group’s March 6 meeting.

“What we do is short-term car rentals by the hour, currently within a 30-square-mile operating area, predominantly in downtown San Diego,” said Cully, noting that area presently extends as far as Pacific Beach along the coast.

“We’re starting to partner with schools, like UCSD, putting cars out for students to use,” Cully said.

Car2Go users locate their rental via their Smartphone, computer, or by phoning a call center, or by coming across one parked on the street. They have the ability to reserve a vehicle 24 hours in advance.

There is no mandatory return time or location. The rental driver only pays for the time they use the car.

Car2Go charges 35 cents per minute, up to $12.99 per hour and a daily maximum of $65.99.

Cully said people can rent Car2Go electric vehicles and drive them in La Jolla, but must return them somewhere inside the company’s coverage area.

More than 25,000 trips have been made in 300 electrical vehicles in San Diego, according to car2go North America, which said 6,000 San Diegans signed up as members in the first 100 days of the program.

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Other council news:

• Council members needed: BRCC president Joe Parker made a plea for community members to step forward and fill the vacancies on the BRCC board. He said volunteers are also needed to help out with production and delivery of BRCC’s monthly newsletter. To volunteer, send an email

• New pizza place: Parker said the pizza parlor, Bella Roma, plans to open in the former Bird Rock Pizza location at 5737 La Jolla Blvd.

• Happy hour meetings: The BRCC will begin hosting informal happy hours at local restaurants so residents and merchants can mingle and network.