Zipcar is a membership-based car sharing company providing automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. Zipcar was founded in 2000 by Cambridge, Massachusetts residents Antje Danielson and Robin Chase, and is now led by Scott Griffith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As of December 2010, the company offers a fleet of over 8,000 vehicles in urban areas throughout 28 North American states and provinces, as well as in the United Kingdom, and has over 560,000 members which the company refers to as "Zipsters". Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day. Zipcar has major operations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Washington D.C. and Vancouver. The company also has presence on over 230 college campuses.
I came across an extremely interesting article in today's Providence Journal about something called "car sharing". It seems that a company called Zipcar, which already has 19 cars in the city of Providence is opening an office here in September and will be significantly expanding its operations in the city. Zipcar currently operates 14 offices in North America in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto and Washington D.C. … more