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Zipcar Bringing Car-Sharing Service to Columbus

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It’s been less than a month since car2go abruptly pulled their car-sharing services out of the Columbus market, but that void will soon be filled by one of their competitors. Zipcar has announced an official unveiling event next Tuesday, where they will cut a ribbon on the launch of service in the city.

Similar to car2go, Zipcar is a membership-based service that allows users access to short term car rentals through keycards and mobile apps. Unlike car2go, Zipcar’s pricing charges by the hour or day and not by the minute, the membership has a monthly or annual fee associated with it, and the company offers a variety of vehicles to rent — from Honda Civics to Jeeps. Zipcar already has limited locations in Central Ohio near the Ohio State University campus and at the John Glenn International Airport.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Councilmember Emmanuel Remy and Columbus Chief Innovation Officer Michael Stevens will join Zipcar President Tracey Zhen at Columbus Commons for the launch event.

“Hear from city leaders and Zipcar representatives about the progressive impact Zipcar has had on cities, and how Zipcar will provide an alternative mobility solution to Columbus residents, while making the city more livable,” states the official invitation.

Zipcar was founded in 2000 in Boston, and was acquired by Avis in 2013. It currently services over thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on locations around college universities and airports.

For more information, visit www.zipcar.com.

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