Penske Corp., a Bloomfield Township-based diversified, on-highway, transportation services company, has launched a carsharing service – called Penske Dash – this week in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va.
Penske Dash provides members with on-demand access to Volkswagen Jetta SE vehicles that may be rented by the minute, hour, or day through the Penske Dash app. Rental rates are all-inclusive, covering fuel, parking, and insurance. Penske Dash members are supported with 24/7 access to a U.S.-based call center and a local fleet operations team.
Vehicles will be available on a free-floating basis in Arlington, allowing Penske Dash members to make one-way trips by initiating and completing rentals at any unrestricted public parking spot. To provide additional parking options for members, Penske Dash has secured reserved parking options at centrally located Colonial Parking garages in the nation’s capital.
“From the technology used, to the upkeep of our vehicles, to customer and roadside support, every facet of Penske Dash was designed to provide our members with the highest-quality and most-consistent carsharing experience possible,” says Michael Montri, COO of Penske Dash. “From here, we plan to evolve with the needs of these communities, listening closely to their feedback, to not only create but maintain a best-in-class carsharing service.”
Penske Dash, which is partnering with Ridecell for its technology capabilities and Volkswagen for its vehicles, is co-owned by transportation industry leaders Penske Corp. and Penske Transportation Solutions.
Local operations are led by Paul DeLong, who previously served as president and CEO of Car2Go North America.
“We believe Washington, D.C., and Arlington are ideal markets to launch Penske Dash due to the commitment of each municipality to provide flexible mobility choices, and the local residents’ familiarity with the benefits of carsharing,” says DeLong.
Penske Corp. Chairman Roger Penske says, “Penske Dash furthers our commitment to embrace new technologies while addressing the mobility needs for our consumers. As mobility as a service and the sharing economy develop, we will continue to leverage the expertise of our strong partners and our expertise in transportation services to remain at the forefront of new leading transportation solutions.”