April 10, 2007

Zipcar launches auto-sharing service in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia – Zipcar, a U.S.-based members’ car-sharing service, has announced that it has launched operations in Vancouver. The company is putting 100 new vehicles, representing 11 makes and models, into locations throughout Downtown, Kitsilano, Fairview, Commercial Drive and Mount Pleasant. Zipcar says the Vancouver fleet is its largest to date.

“Our mission to remove personally-owned cars from urban streets is a perfect match with Vancouver’s leading green initiatives,” says Scott Griffith, CEO of Zipcar. “At Zipcar, we have seen that a switch from car owner to car sharer sparks a behaviour change, resulting in thousands of personally-owned cars coming off the roads. In addition, our members save money that was wasted on under-used cars – a significant share of that savings will be spent in the local economy.”

Vancouver residents can join Zipcar for $80, and for a limited time, the company will include $75 in free driving. Rates in Vancouver start at $8.30 per hour and $59 for a 24-hour period, with gasoline, 150 free kilometres, parking and comprehensive insurance included. For more information, visit www.zipcar.com.

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