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Zipcar introduces plan with no annual fee in Canada

xB ZipcarZipcar has recently announced an annual fee-free pilot membership programme for citizens in Vancouver and Toronto. The new Access Plan will allow members to share Zipcars and Zipvans in the network on weekdays only (Monday through Friday) without paying an annual charge to be members. Along with weekends, holidays are also excluded from the new plan.

People who want to join the Access Plan will still have to pay the one-time registration fee of $25 in Vancouver and $30 in Toronto. The programme also includes the same daily and hourly rates as the Existing Plan, which start at $8 an hour and $72 a day in Vancouver and $9 per hour and $78 per day in Toronto. These rates are also still inclusive of fuel and insurance.

However, instead of the including 200km of driving per day like the Existing Plan, the Access Plan only allows for 125km of driving a day. While Existing Plan members can drive any of the 20 types of vehicles offered in the car sharing network, Access Plan members won’t have access to luxury vehicles, like the BMW 3-series.

This new Zipcar membership plan is ideal for people who want to test drive a Zipcar without having to pay an annual fee and for those who just need to reserve a Zipvan to transport large items while moving or shopping. It’s also great for consumers who want a ready-to-drive solution but don’t know how often they will need a vehicle, who are considering Zipcar as a second vehicle and who mostly need to drive during the week.

With either membership, Zipcar drivers will still be able to reserve cars throughout the entire car sharing network in destinations across Europe and North America. People who sign up for the Access Plan can easily choose to upgrade to the Existing Plan if they need to drive during the weekend, on a holiday or need a bigger allowance of driving kilometres per day.

Zipcar is the leading car sharing network in the world. It has more than 10,000 vehicles on college campuses and in urban areas across Canada, the US, UK, Austria and Spain. The network offers over 30 makes and models of self-service cars to residents and businesses seeking smart, convenient and simple mobile solutions for their campus and urban transport needs.

Zipcar chairman and chief executive Scott Griffith says that it’s natural for them, as the largest car sharing company in the world, to evolve their service to meet a larger spectrum of consumer needs. This new pilot programme is a vital step down that path. The Access Plan provides full access to their whole network on weekdays without having to commit to paying an annual fee.

Griffith added that this new offering also gives current Zipsters a new option when they are renewing their membership and don’t drive a lot but would rather keep their membership active in case they do need a vehicle. They look forward to helping their members discover the convenience and savings of Zipcar in comparison to the other personal transport solutions they use on weekdays.

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