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The story of Zipcar
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 transport.
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.
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 transport.
Embracing electric cars: with 325 in our fleet, and a vision to be fully electric by 2025.
Freeing up city space through strategies that consider 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.
Values that fuel our mission
Values that fuel our mission
Obsess about the member experience.
Build a community of trust by delivering excellence in convenience, dependability, and service.
Be the best we can be.
Support personal growth, impact, and excellence.
Create enduring value through growth.
Keep it simple.
Win through simplicity and continuous innovation.
Have an impact.
Change the world through urban and environmental transformation.
A message from our General Manager
"Our cities are fantastic places to live and work, but they face some unprecedented challenges as they grow – pollution and lack of space to name just two. But what we do here at Zipcar has real power to help. The mission our team have been pursuing since we first started in the UK in 2004 has been the same – to enable simple and responsible urban living. And our vision? Of cities where car sharers outnumber car owners."
–James Taylor, General Manager Zipcar UK
Causes we support
Since 2000, our mission has been to create better communities. So we set out to cut carbon emissions, reduce congestion and promote multi-modal travel. Thanks to our over one million global 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.
Equality shouldn’t be up for debate. That’s why Zipcar was an early supporter of LGBTQ+ organisations 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.
Zipcar helps non-profits do more with affordable access to on-demand transportation. Through working with partners (and members) including the Felix Project, St Mungo’s, Thames Reach and The NHS we help raise money for their causes – as well as offer a transport solution that saves them much needed budget.
Providing access to transport - a key driver of economic opportunity and social equality - has always been our focus. But to truly fight systemic racism we need to build a more equitable car-sharing culture and community. That’s why we’ve launched the Power of Colour Employee Resource group, led by our Global President, to create a more diverse, inclusive culture and are providing more employee resources and training on racial bias and inequality. We will also continue to make our service more widely available to cause-based organisations that support underserved communities, will continue to champion our members from all backgrounds – especially those from black communities and ethnic minorities - and will use our platform to be a stronger voice for social justice and equality.