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    Official: Renault, Bollore partner on carsharing, electric vehicles
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    Bolloré, the company behind the car-sharing service Autolib, is going to get to work alongside French automaker Renault on some of these newfangled mobility issues. The two companies have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on car-sharing operations and, possibly, to develop an ...

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    Official: Car2go comes to Denver with 300 Smart Fortwo car share vehicles
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    Time for some Rocky Mountain car sharing. Car2go on June 8 will add Denver to its list of cities where folks can share the classic white and blue Smart Fortwo vehicles. Denver will be the tenth North American city – and 20th worldwide – to have the service, which is owned by ...

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    Report: RelayRides buys car-sharing competitor Wheelz for keyless technology
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    Think of this as a rare occasion where a General Motors collaborator is providing Ford with a little cash. A GM partner, peer-to-peer car-sharing operator RelayRides, is buying competitor Wheelz for an undisclosed amount, GigaOM reports. It's a bit of a stretch, but Ford is connected to ...

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    Report: Slow sales in Europe mean EVs often going to fleets
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    In Europe, car rental and car sharing are getting tapped into by automakers to "move the metal." Electric vehicles may come equipped with cutting-edge technology, but when buyers balk, automakers are quick to dump them on fleets. EVs only made up 0.23 percent of new car sales in Western ...

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    Official: Zipcar adds Honda Fit EVs to Los Angeles fleet
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    The Honda Fit EV is making a star turn among the car-sharing set, now that Zipcar has added the model to its Los Angeles fleet. Specifically, the car-sharing leader is including Fit EVs in its Hollywood-area fleet. Zipcar users can rent the car starting at $8.75 an hour. The Fit EV has an ...

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    Read This: How private passenger cars are the landline phones of the future
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    Passenger might one day go the way of landline telephones. Everyone was dependent upon them until, somehow, mobile phones became ubiquitous and landlines began fading away. Maurie Cohen, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environment Science at the New Jersey Institute of ...

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    Official: Drive a Tesla Model S for just $20 an hour
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    Combine a really fast electric vehicle, a really high per-hour rental charge and visions of Steve McQueen or Ken Block of Gymkhana fame racing through the City by the Bay, and you have a really bad combination. Or a really good one. San Francisco-based car-sharing startup Getaround recently ...

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    Study: Zipcar survey says younger drivers more dependent on phones than cars
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    It's not exactly a surprise, but that hipster on the barstool over there will be more miffed if you take his iPhone or laptop than his car. That is, if he owns a car at all. That's the gist of a survey released by carsharing leader Zipcar, which says young people between 18- and 34-years-old are ...

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    Report: BMW's DriveNow carsharing arm now turning a profit
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    Carsharing venture DriveNow GmbH, owned by BMW and European rental company Sixt AG, is expected to be profitable this year, the first time that will happen since starting up two years ago. BMW hopes to overtake German rival Daimler (with Car2go) in this growing space as urban consumers become ...

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    Breaking: Avis' Zipcar buy likely to be approved by antitrust legislators
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    While some hipsters were bummed out by the idea of car rental giant Avis owning quirky car sharing innovator Zipcar, US regulators will probably approve the deal. That's what Reuters found out after conducting an informal poll of nine antitrust experts. While several of them feared loss of the ...

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    Opinion: Does Zipcar's "Gas Is On Us" encourage waste?
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    When you watch the Zipcar video "How to Zip: Fill 'er Up" (embedded below) you'll see a Zipcar customer finding out he needs to stop at a gas station. There's a Zipcar co-pilot in the backseat who gives him friendly, detailed instructions on how to get reimbursed for filling up the gas ...

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    Official: Zipcar offering no-membership-fee weekday driving deal in Canada
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    Zipcar is testing out a pilot program it calls the "Access Plan" in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, that requires no annual fee. It's a weekday program available only Monday through Friday – excluding holidays – that allows members to drive some Zipcars and Zipvans (where available) at ...

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    Report: Avis buying Zipcar for $500 million [UPDATE]
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    Zipcar has long been the granddaddy of carsharing programs, and has spent years forming partnerships with colleges, cutting a deal with Ford and working with the Feds to become a vendor in the government's Short Term Rental (STR) program. The company also first turned a profit in late 2011. A ...

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    Study: Is car sharing altruistic or practical?
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    So, what's the reason people get into carsharing? Is it a "romanticized view of access understood as a form of collaborative consumption and altruistically motivated"? Or is it more about practical realities – that car sharing is really about affordability and convenience? For Lee ...

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    Ride sharing expands car sharing services, competes with taxis
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    There's a new niche emerging for car sharers like Zipcar and peer-to-peer entities: ride sharing. The way ride sharing works is that a car owner, perhaps for additional income, offers a ridealong to those willing to pay. Those interested can schedule a ride share through their smart phone. The ...

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    Official: Car2go cuts long-term reservations; Miami service proves popular
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    Car2go seems to have discovered the equivalent of a seller's market. The Daimler-owned car-sharing service, in an e-mail to customers, said it'll stop long-term reservation availability for its cars starting November 12. Given that the average trip in a vehicle is less than a half-hour and most ...

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    Official: Hertz, Liberty Tire Recycling announce nationwide tire recycling program
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    The Hertz Corporation has added another sustainability initiative to its brand portfolio through a partnership with a major tire recycling company. Hertz and Liberty Tire Recycling launched what they call the first nationwide tire recycling program in the US car rental industry. Hertz goes ...

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    Report: Citroen, Multicity want to help you rent your car to strangers
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    Menage a deux? Multicity, the vehicle-rental service launched last year by French automaker Citroen, has branched out into the peer-to-peer car-sharing industry, becoming the first of such services in Europe, Automotive News reports. Citroen, the sister company of Peugeot, is specifically ...

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    Report: City CarShare rents electric vehicles for exposure, not profit
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    It's always refreshing when a non-profit's really not for profit. City CarShare, the non-profit car sharing service, has about 20 electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet of 400 cars but it doesn't expect to make money on them, Fast Company says, citing an interview with City CarShare CEO Rick ...

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    Official: EIB loans Bollore 75 million euros to expand Autolib electric carsharing program
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    It looks like Parisian electric-vehicle car-sharing service Autolib just got some more juice. The European Investment Bank (EIB) loaned France-based conglomerate Bollore 75 million euros ($98 million) to expand its Autolib service throughout the French capital. Last year, Bollore received a 130 ...

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