Zipcar Launches In The City Of Lakes

Zipcar, Inc. announced yesterday the expansion of its car sharing network to the City of Minneapolis.

With this launch, Minneapolis becomes Zipcar’s 21st major metropolitan market.

The new Zipcar program will provide, according to the company, the Minneapolis community with access to 40 vehicles located in convenient locations throughout the City, including Dinkytown, Downtown, Loring Park, Northeast, North Loop and Seven Corners.

Zipcar has offered car sharing on the campus of University of Minnesota since 2005, where the carsharing company said it has been extremely well-received by students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community.

Zipcar plans to continue to expand operations throughout additional areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul this year, including working with City of Minneapolis officials to establish on-street parking spots.

“I’m very excited to welcome Zipcar to Minneapolis; their expansion in our city is great news for people who want to spend their money on things other than owning a car,” said City of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

In addition to local residents, students and visitors, the Zipcar program in Minneapolis is available to employees of local businesses through the “Zipcar for Business” program that offers discounted driving rates Monday through Friday.

This program helps businesses save money, meet environmental sustainability goals and reduce parking requirements by providing their employees with access to Zipcars for business needs and other uses.

Zipcar currently offers a mix of vehicle types in Minneapolis, including SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, environmentally-friendly hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3 and luxury vehicles like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz C300.

Zipcars all have their own individual names, many of which are representative of the cities they hail from. In Minneapolis, Zipcar members can reserve cars like Ford Focus “Superior”, Mazda 3 “Mall”, Ford Escape “Goldy”, or even Audi A3 “Justin”, named after the Twin’s first baseman Justin Morneau or Audi A3 “Joe”, named after Twin’s catcher Joe Mauer.

Zipcar hourly and daily rates include gas, reserved parking spots, insurance and up to 180 miles of driving per day.

Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for multiple days.  Zipcar rates on vehicles in downtown Minneapolis start from $8.75 per hour and $72 per day (24 hours).