Zipcar Launches Pilot for “zipvan” Cargo Van Service
By Chad Bennett for 123Movers.com
Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), announced on November 29, 2011 that they will be launching a pilot for full size cargo vans in San Francisco called Zipvan. Zipvan will allow consumers to use cargo vans to transport large items that wouldn’t be able to fit in Zipcars. Zipvan will also provide small businesses a more affordable option for transportation. Zipvan offers self-serve transportation options for moving large items without long lines, paperwork, and additional charges that you would normally see with other van rentals.
The leader in car sharing will provide Ford E-150 cargo vans to members for hourly or daily use. Rates start at $14.75 per hour and $99 per day. The service will also include gas, insurance, roadside assistance, parking, and up to 180 miles of driving per day.
Scott Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Zipcar said “Whether you’re planning a move across town or about to make a new purchase for your apartment or a business with an occasional need for a larger vehicle, transporting large items in the city is a real hassle. Zipvan aims to make it more convenient and more affordable to move ‘stuff’ around.”
Zipcar’s UK operation Streetvan has done so well that they decided to launch a pilot in the states due to a recent survey that customers would use a cargo van service here. During the pilot, Zipcar will analyze the performance and gather feedback and make a decision. Based off the results, Zipcar will decide if they would like to continue to expand to other markets.
Early Q1 of 2012, there will be a total of 15 vehicles throughout the San Francisco and Oakland area. Over the next few months, Zipcar will begin expansion by placing nine more vans in additional San Francisco locations and in Oakland.