Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With a variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar provides freedom, flexibility, and convenience to metropolitan areas and university campuses in more than 500 cities and towns across Canada, France, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global car hire provider.
Zipcar offers car reservations for its members, billable by minutes, hours, or days; Members may have to pay a monthly or annual membership fee in addition to the reservation fee. Zipcar was founded in 2000 by Antje Danielson and Robin Chase. On October 31, 2007, Zipcar merged with rival Flexcar. In 2009 Zipcar became the largest car-sharing service in the world, sharing 6,000 cars out of 275,000 drivers in 49 cities of the United States, Vancouver, Toronto, and London. On April 1, 2010, Zipcar acquired London-based car-sharing company Streetcar in its latest effort to expand across Europe.
Feature of Zipcar
- Set Zipcar by the hour or day
- Choose from a variety of vehicles convertibles, hybrids, vans, etc.
- Sort cars by the time available, make and model
- View your upcoming reservations
- Get directions to your Zipcar
- Easily locate your dedicated Zipcar by honking
- Unlock and lock your Zipcar
- Click to speak to a friendly local Zipcar team
- Change, extend or cancel a reservation on the go
Members can book a car with Zipcar's mobile app, online or in some places by phone anytime, instantly, or a year in advance. Zipcar members have automatic access to cars with an unlockable access card; The keys have been placed inside. In addition, members can use Zipcar's Android or iPhone application to determine Zipcar's location by honking as well as unlocking the door. Zipcar charges a one-time application fee, annual fee, and a reservation fee. Fuel, parking, insurance, and maintenance are included in the price.
Members can view car availability and book a self-service car via the internet, iPhone app, or phone, with an increase in just one hour and pay only for the time they reserve. Zipcar vehicles report their position to a control center with in-vehicle technology.
Zipcar offers more than 50 designs and models. Each vehicle has a home location: a reserved parking space located on the street, driveway, or adjacent parking in the member's area, which must be returned at the end of the reservation. The locations of all Zip and models available at those locations are available at the Zipcar website. Current Zipcar (2019) has a fleet of more than 12,000 vehicles.