Zipcar Launches Membership Offer with No Annual Fee

Zero membership fee 'Access Plan' starts in Canada

Jan 4, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), the world's leading car sharing network, today announced a new weekday, no annual fee driving program called the 'Access Plan,' which will be introduced as a pilot program in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

The Access Plan lets members drive Zipcars and Zipvans (where available) from Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Zipcar Access Plan hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance and limited kilometers per day. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for multiple days. Access Plan hourly and daily rates will be the same as Zipcar's existing plan - starting at $9 an hour in Toronto ($78 per day) and $8 in Vancouver ($72 per day). A one-time fee for an insurance background check is required for all plans. For more information on joining the Access Plan, visit

"As the world's largest car sharing network, it is natural for us to continue to evolve our service to meet a broader array of consumer needs," said Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar. "This new pilot plan is a key step in that direction. The Access Plan offers full entry to our entire network during weekdays without committing to an annual fee. This new plan also gives renewing Zipsters a new option if they are infrequent drivers but prefer to keep their membership active without an annual fee, just-in-case."

The Access Plan is ideal for consumers who:

Would like to test drive Zipcars without committing to an annual fee
Primarily need to drive on the weekdays
Are looking to use Zipcar as a second car
Need access to Zipvans for moves and transporting bulky items, or
Would like Zipcar as a ready-to-drive option but aren't sure how frequently they'll need a car

All Zipcar memberships include the ability to reserve vehicles across the entire network of cities in North America and Europe.

Access Plan members can easily upgrade to Zipcar's existing membership plan if they need weekend/holiday wheels or want to drive more kilometers per day.

"We look forward to helping members discover the savings and convenience of Zipcar compared to other personal transportation options during the weekday," continued Griffith.

Features of Zipcar's Access Plan and Existing Plan:


Access Plan

Existing Plan

One-time insurance check fee

Toronto ($30)

Vancouver ($25)

Toronto ($30)

Vancouver ($25)

Annual fee




Monday – Friday

Every day


Monday – Friday

Every day

Daily km allowance



Vehicle access*

Excludes luxury cars (e.g. BMW 3-series)

All cars

Hourly / Daily rates

Toronto (starting from: $9/$78)

Vancouver (starting from: $8/$72)

Toronto (starting from: $9/$78)

Vancouver (starting from: $8/$72)




*Includes more than 20 types of vehicles. Excludes access to Zipcar's luxury vehicles and does not include holidays. Zipvans are currently available in Toronto only.

About Zipcar

Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with more than 767,000 members and over 10,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. More information is available at

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SOURCE Zipcar, Inc.

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