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BMW Car Sharing Program to Include i3 EV

A new car sharing program just started this month in London. DriveNow plans to grow from a small-scale program by expanding naturally. Organically growing step-by step, DriveNow hopes to avoid the problems Daimler had in Britain. The partnership is a teaming up of the BMW Group and Sixt SE. They are presently in Germany (in Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf, […]

December 13th

Zero-Car Families On The Rise

Twenty years ago, raising a family in America without access to a car was all but unheard of as cheap gas and a fully-functioning interstate system made road travel fast and easy. These days a host of alternatives to driving makes car ownership increasingly optional, and the trend is spreading among young people who find smartphones more affordable than automobiles.

October 14th

Avis Makes A $500 Million Bid For ZipCar

Is car-sharing a trend for the future, or a flash-in-the-pan? That’s the question on a lot of minds these days as companies like ZipCar continue to grow, especially in the younger demographics. Eager to get into the game as well, rental car company Avis has put in a $491 million bid to buy ZipCar, though there are already questions regarding the legality of the sale.

January 3rd

Impact Investing and Alternative Transportation

The field of impact investing is a relatively new phenomenon, but its popularity is growing quickly, as investors seek financial AND other returns on their investments, usually environmental and social benefits. In impact investing, investors get to make a buck and feel good about it, too. Impact investing includes fairly mainstream investments, like Tesla’s initial public offering (IPO) that netted the company over $200 million.

November 28th

Scion iQ EV Will Be Available For College And Car-Sharing Usage Only

A couple of years ago when Toyota announced it was working on an all-electric version of its iQ microcar, EV enthusiasts were excited. But last month Toyota backtracked, saying it would launch just a small fleet of the tiny iQ EV. The Japanese automaker has now released details on where those few EVs are going, and it is mostly to college campuses and car-sharing services.

October 18th

RelayRides Gets OnStar Integration, Mobile App (video)

San Francisco-based, neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing company RelayRides (founded in June 2010) has set itself apart from other carsharing networks like Zipcar and CityCarShare by giving car owners a chance to earn a bit of extra cash by participating in the company’s car-sharing business. The service installs a communications device used to lock and unlock cars […]

October 8th

Giveaway Alert: Win A 1-Year Membership/$250 Drive Time for Car Sharing Service Zipcar

One of the nice things about being a part of the automotive media(however small a part that is) are the perks, and a chance to pass on the generosity of major automakers. In an attempt to curry favor with the public, and offer people an opportunity to explore car sharing for themselves,car sharing service ZipCar is offering a one-year membership to its car sharing service, with Ford providing $250 of drive time!

September 19th

Nico Jaras' Pedal Car Brings KERS Power to the People

Think pedal-cars are just big toys? They are – but this one, from Argentinian designer Nico Jara, promises to bring some real “big boy” tech to the game with lightweight composite construction and its very own take on kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). KERS, for the uninitiated, have become race-winning “must have” toys in Formula […]

July 6th