Toyota's New Transit Idea Is Like a Bikeshare for Tiny Electric Cars

Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system. » 9/12/14 5:01pm Friday 5:01pm

Zipcar Cutting Back Fleet In SoCal, Refocusing on Colleges

This morning, nearly 800 Southern California members of the Zipcar car-sharing service received an email informing them that the company would be refocusing its business on college markets. This will reduce the overall Zipcar fleet in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas from 90 vehicles to something closer to 35. In… » 1/23/08 1:45pm 1/23/08 1:45pm

Car Sharing to Get More Tax-ing in Washington State

Flexcar/Zipcar users around Washington State are going to see the price of their car sharing rise this week as a nearly 10% car rental tax is going to be applied to their services. The rental car companies were displeased with the exemption for car sharing since they consider their services comparable, and the state's… » 11/02/07 11:15am 11/02/07 11:15am

Zipcar buys Flexcar, monopolizes this car-sharing game

Zipcar announced on Wednesday that it was acquiring rival Flexcar in an effort to head off competition. With the addition of Flexcar's business, Zipcar extends to approximately 5,000 vehicles and 180,000 members. The hope is this will let them compete with the big name operators, such as Enterprise and U-Haul, which… » 11/01/07 11:00am 11/01/07 11:00am

Hertz To Rent Cars By The Hour... Wink, Wink... Nudge, Nudge

America's number-two car company, Hertz, has announced that it will start offering hourly car rental service at three locations in Manhattan starting today. Hertz will be the first of the major rental companies to offer the service, charging as little as $12 in some cases. This is obviously a move to compete with… » 4/17/07 3:00pm 4/17/07 3:00pm

Stop Snitchin': Zipcar Taggers Rat Out Taggers

Five graffiti artists, including three from Europe, were busted in Boston this weekend for "conspiracy to tag" subway cars and various other public items in the run up to a massive underground naked graffiti party. This wouldn't be particularly newsworthy except for the fact that this international group of taggers… » 2/12/07 1:01pm 2/12/07 1:01pm

Ikea and Zipcar Get All Bostonian

While Philly may stand immortal as the East Coast's City of Brotherly Love, Beantown's vying hard for the City of Corporate Synergy title. Swedish furnishings despot Ikea and share-the-weath auto-leaser Zipcar have teamed up to give urban Boston dwellers a shot at the Rotera, the Ektorp and other oddly-named items for… » 12/13/05 3:07pm 12/13/05 3:07pm