BOSTON – Uber drivers can now offer rides around Boston using Zipcar vehicles, under a new agreement between the two companies, reports the Boston Globe.
The news source says that Boston-based Zipcar and its parent company, Avis Budget Group, will park 20 sedans at Uber’s Dorchester office for exclusive use by Uber drivers. Drivers will be able to rent the cars on an hourly basis through Zipcar to pick up passengers. In Boston, Uber drivers can also rent cars through Hertz and Enterprise.
“This partnership opens the way for more people to drive when they want and earn what they need, even if they don’t own a car,” Meghan Verena Joyce, Uber’s East Coast general manager, said in a statement.
For Zipcar, the company will benefit by signing up Uber drivers as new customers. The Globe writes that Uber drivers will pay the same monthly fee as regular Zipcar members.
Zipcar spokeswoman Lindsay Wester commented that both companies will benefit from the deal and suggested that the program could entice people who want to try out driving for Uber without making a big commitment. “This particular partnership is unique as the commitment is minimal, and it allows people to test out the product, better understand the Uber driver experience without the more long-term commitments of car ownership,” she said.
Boston is the first market for the Uber-Zipcar partnership.