Car and mountains

The road to a better world.

Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network. We provide on-demand access to cars by the hour or the day in cities and campuses around the globe.
Car and mountains

The Story of Zipcar

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Our history

It’s been close to two decades since our founders, Robin Chase and Antje Danielson, sat in a café in Cambridge, Massachusetts and decided to bring the European car-sharing idea to North America. Once the wheels were in motion, it was only a matter of time before some major changes helped grow our little car-sharing company into the world’s leading car-sharing network. Today, thanks to a member-driven user experience, a focus on innovative technology, and an amazing team of hands-on car-sharing enthusiasts, we are redefining the way the world thinks about alternative transportation.

Car sharing seems like a simple enough idea, but there’s a reason Zipcar has become the leader of cars on demand. It’s not just about fewer cars and reducing congestion and pollution; it’s about finding sustainable solutions. This idea is bigger than all of us, and we’re committed to our mission: to enable simple and responsible urban living.

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Our mission

We're on a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living—a future filled with more car-sharing members than car owners in major cities across the globe.

We do this every day by:
  Delivering on-demand vehicles that support environmental sustainability.

  Helping members save time, hassle and money in their everyday transportation.
 


  Freeing up city space through strategies that consider campus, urban, residential, commercial and city planning needs.

  Becoming a premier employer for talented, passionate people who thrive on changing the world for good.

  Living our core values, as a company and as individual team members from the Big Apple to Big Ben

A message from our president

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A message from our president

“Zipcar doesn’t just start with the member experience, we live it. We sit atop an impressive history of innovation, risk taking, ingenuity, and hard work. And we’re still driven (pun intended) by the same core mission: to enable simple and responsible urban living. And it all grows as we get closer and closer to our vision of a world where car sharing outnumbers car ownership.”

–Tracey Zhen, President

 

Causes we support

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Environmental impact

Since 2000, our mission has been to create better neighborhoods. So we set out to cut carbon emissions, reduce traffic and promote multi-modal travel. Thanks to our over one million members, we proudly lower CO2 emissions by 1.6 billion lbs per year and take away the need for more than 415,000 personally owned cars.

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Embracing equality

Equality shouldn’t be up for debate. That’s why Zipcar was an early supporter of LGBTQ organizations and equal rights. We continue to show our support at Pride events and in how we do business every day. We believe people can overcome anything on their own—but we’ll always be stronger together.

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Zipcar grant program

Zipcar helps non-profits do more with simple access to on-demand transportation. Through our Students with Drive program with Ford, over $1 million has been donated to more than 400 student organizations at universities across the United States. And our grant program donates hundreds of thousands in driving credit to non-profit groups across North America, supporting a variety of causes. Need some help with your charity organization? Tell us how we can help and apply for a grant.