Daimler and BMW get green light for Car2Go-DriveNow merger
By getting on Tuesday, the final approval of the US antitrust authorities as the last one awaited, all barriers are cleared for the merger of both companies’ mobility services with Car2Go and DriveNow car sharing as its spearheads. Daimler and BMW want the deal to be settled by January 31st.
“The BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint mobility company, following approval by the responsible competition authorities”, the German car makers announced in a press release. “The joint venture will focus on ensuring the personal freedom of customers in the field of urban mobility”, the press release adds.
Single source mobility
“Customers will move through a seamlessly connected and sustainable ecosystem that combines CarSharing, Ride-Hailing, Parking, Charging and Multi-modality from a single source and is available with just a few taps. The idea is to create the most attractive, most comprehensive mobility solution for a better life in our connected world.”
With the merger of their car sharing services a total of 22.000 vehicles will be available in 30 major cities around the world. Moovel and ReachNow offer easy access and payment to combined car sharing, bike rental, taxis and public transport for some 6 million users.
15,9 million ride-hailing customers
In the field of ride-hailing, according to the press release, a total of 15,9 million customers and 250,000 drivers use the services of mytaxi, Chauffeur Privé, Clever Taxi (all in Europe) and Beat (South America).
ParkNow and Parkmobile focus on ticketless parking in the streets and in dedicated parking buildings with the push of a smartphone button. Parkmobile claims to have a total of more than 27 million customers already in Europe and North America in more than 1.100 cities. ChargeNow and Digital Charging Solutions provide charging facilities for electric vehicles.
Buying out Sixt
First rumours of the remarkable merger of all mobility services of both German car makers who used to be fierce competitors for decades, surfaced first almost a year ago in January. It took as long to convince all antitrust authorities worldwide to get the green light.
One other hurdle to clear was for BMW to buy out car rental company Sixt from its car sharing business DriveNow. BMW paid around 209 million euro last year for the 50% shares Sixt held. After closing the final merger deal before January 31st of 2019, BMW and Daimler say the new mobility company will present its next steps in the first quarter of 2019.