This comes as the short-term rental site draws scrutiny amid the city’s rental crunch.
The promotion asks Vancouver residents to create an Airbnb listing, and in turn they will receive 250 free minutes of drive time.
While the car service has found a welcome home in Vancouver — Airbnb has been more controversial — with the city’s vacancy rate below one percent.
But Vancouver Councillor George Affleck says the deal breaks no rules.
“car2go and Airbnb — these are all disruptive platforms. So in some ways its not surprising to see them cross promote each other. The world is changing, this is the way it’s going to work.”
Affleck says he’s sensitive to the impact of the service on the rental market, and the city is working on a new short term rental bylaw. But for now, there’s not much that can be done.
“When we have businesses, and car2go is a business, doing their marketing… we can’t really, the government, stop them from marketing their businesses. And if this how they decide to market it, that’s their prerogative.”
Last year 5,000 Vancouver units were listed through Airbnb.
Frustrated Vancouver residents take to Twitter
People already choosing not to use Airbnb have taken notice of the partnership and aren’t pleased with car2go.
@car2goVancouver Make free minutes based on owner confirming they follow all city laws and strata rules before listing as Airbnb.— Chilco (@ChilcoComox) August 5, 2016