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Zipcar acquires rival car sharing club Streetcar

Streetcar fleet to become Zipcar by late 2010

Zipcar is world’s largest car sharing service

Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing club, has today acquired Streetcar, the UK’s fastest growing car club.

The takeover of Streetcar will have benefits for members of both clubs, expanding the car sharing service to more than 1,000 locations across the UK, while offering a wider variety of cars to choose from. Because Zipcar operates internationally, Streetcar customers will now also be given access to the largest car club in North America, offering more than 7,000 cars in 12 major cities including New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. 

According to Zipcar Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith, “You’ll have the continued ease of use and convenience of Zipcar, with the addition of Streetcar’s local experience and dedicated customer service.”


From left to right: Streetcar Co-founder Andrew Valentine, Zipcar Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith, and Streetcar Co-founder Brett Akker

Why are car sharing clubs becoming so popular?

The popularity of car sharing clubs has increased exponentially in recent years, particularly for those people living in city centres or who don’t need a car very often. They offer a very predictable pay-as-you-go approach to the cost of motoring, pitching fuel, insurance and even congestion charges into your rental fee. Cars can be rented for as little time as one hour or as long as a week, depending on where your plans take you. 

What should potential customers to both Streetcar and Zipcar do now?

While the switch is taking place, all new UK members have been asked to register on the Streetcar website. If you have any questions, you can send them to:

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