Victorians to choose next Car Share purchase
A contest to find Victoria’s next top model is coming, but the contestants aren’t tantrum-prone divas or wafer-thin waifs. In fact, the final contestants combined weigh in at nearly two and a half metric tonnes.
The Victoria Car Share Co-Op is asking Victorians to vote on one of two vehicles being considered as the newest addition to the car share’s stable of cars, trucks and minivans.
The choices offered up for voting are the Nissan Cube and the Honda Fit. Both Car Share Co-Op members and non-members are eligible to cast ballots, with each vote entered in a draw for driving credits, Mountain Equipment Co-Op gift cards and other prizes.
VCSC Co-Manager Nicole Huk won’t divulge the leading contender but says entries are arriving at a good rate. The contest closes May 15, 2010. In early June, the Co-Op will announce the intended purchase at an event that will also unveil an updated branding for the 13-year old organization. The new car will join an existing fleet of 19 vehicles that are shared by the VCSC’s 400 members.
The Fit and Cube have established themselves as versatile all-purpose cars. Both offer reasonable fuel economy and seating for five. Nissan’s Cube beats Honda in terms of cargo space but some critics shudder at the boxy, assymetrical “Tokyo Chic” styling. And despite being priced relatively high for a sub-compact, the Fit’s sporty wedge shape and slight edge on fuel economy has been well received by critics. The VCSC already has two Hondas—a Civic and an Insight Hybrid. They also own one other Nissan, a Sentra.
The Car Share is designed for people who need access to a vehicle but aren’t daily drivers. Members buy a refundable $400 share to join the Co-Op, along with a $15 monthly fee. Members are then charged a usage amount based on mileage and hours of use. The VCSC says a typical trip across town costs members around ten dollars, substantially less than the cost of a taxi or rental car.
The car share program is gaining popularity with Downtown residents, with VCSC cars parked at reserved spaces in or next to new condo buildings like The Falls on Douglas Street and the Juliet on Johnson Street. City Hall has recently been granting condo developers exemptions from parking requirements, often encouraging builders to include car share membership in their plans as a way of reducing construction costs while satisfying customer demand for convenient access to an automobile.
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Mike K.Jul 27, 2011 at 11:13 am
VicHockeyFanApr 08, 2013 at 4:16 pm
I was just reading up on ZipCar. The technology sure makes this a pretty cool and easy service.
Quote: Zipcar is a US membership-based carsharing company providing automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. ...
As of February 2013, the company has 777,000 members and offers nearly 10,000 vehicles throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria, making Zipcar the world's leading carsharing network.
Members can reserve Zipcars online or by phone at anytime, immediately or up to a year in advance. Zipcar members have automated access to Zipcars using an access card which works with the car's technology to unlock the door, where the keys are already located inside. Zipcar also offers an iPhone or Android application, that allows members to honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors.
Zipcar charges a one-time application fee, an annual fee, and a reservation charge. Gas, parking, insurance, and maintenance are included in the price.
It was announced 2 January 2013, that Avis Budget Group will purchase Zipcar for about US$500 million in cash.
Avis completed the deal on 14 March 2013.
VicHockeyFanApr 08, 2013 at 4:32 pm
VicHockeyFanApr 08, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Vancouver rates (it's only in Toronto and Vancouver in Canada):
pherthylApr 08, 2013 at 6:16 pm
The Victoria car share also has a "casual" plan with no monthly fee. That's what I'm on. Cheaper to run errands from uvic by car share than to drive and park.