Zipcar Expanding Network in Columbus
Zipcar is expanding its car-share fleet in Columbus and increasing the number of locations where the rental cars can be picked up and dropped off.
The announcement came earlier this week in a press conference at the Smart Columbus Experience Center. Participating in the event were officials from the City of Columbus, the Columbus Partnership and Honda, which is supplying the new cars as part of a “strategic partnership” with Zipcar.
The number of full-time fleet cars in Columbus is now 30, more than twice the amount available when the service officially launched in the city last June.
The majority of the 17 pickup and drop-off spots are located either on or near the Ohio State University campus, but several have been added in the Downtown area.
The Downtown locations include; 40 N. Front St., 55 E. Rich St., North Fourth Street near Spring Street, North Grant Avenue near East Long Street, and the corner of West Rich and South Front streets.
Other locations include University Village, West Hubbard Avenue and North High Street in the Short North, South Third Street near East Beck Street in German Village, and the 600 Goodale apartment complex.
The cars can be reserved by Zipcar members through a smart phone app and rented by the hour or the day. Members are required to pay a monthly membership fee, although a deal offering free membership for a year is being offered online for a limited time.
Zipcar remains the only car-share option in Columbus after Car2Go announced it was leaving the city last spring. Car2Go, which at its peak had a fleet of about 300 two-passenger vehicles, operated in Columbus for a little less than five years.