Car sharing programs are growing in popularity around the country, as more and more commuters don’t want the hassle of owning a car, paying for parking, or hunting for parking spots, especially in an urban landscape.

Zipcar, one of the nation’s most popular car-sharing companies with operations in more than 500 cities in North America, already has a small presence in Charlotte. But now, a new two-year car-share pilot program was recently launched by Zipcar in the Queen City, whereby six Zipcars are available to reserve in on-street spaces in South End and Uptown, and six more spots are available at residential properties.

Zipcar allows users to rent cars by the hour. Once users have created a Zipcar account, reserved a car and unlocked the car with a “zipcard” or with the app,users  then drive the car for the reserved amount of time and return the car to its original spot. Users have to be preapproved and must be 21 and older to reserve, or 18 and older if they are registered students. Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and users can drive up to 180 miles per day, and hourly rental fees include gas and insurance.

Car-sharing allows users the opportunity to drive a car on an as-needed basis without actually needing to own a car.

For more details on Zipcar’s increased presence in Charlotte and what it means for drivers in the city, be sure to read the full article at courier-tribune.com.

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