Most readers, at least London-based ones, will know Zipcar as a ‘pound per hour’ car hire group. They have a few hundred cars scattered across Central London and you can book them by the half-hour via their app.
If you live in the right area – there are about 10 cars within 10 minutes walk of us, the nearest around 30 seconds away – it is a fantastic service. You are virtually guaranteed a car when you need one and the cost is a fraction of buying and running one yourself.
Zipcar Flex, which is currently being rolled out, takes the service one step further. You can take the car and leave it wherever you want, within a designated zone. Park and walk away. You don’t need to drive it back to where it came from. To be honest I struggle to see why I would ever want to do this, but Zipcar clearly has other ideas.
Zipcar Flex has now launched at Heathrow Terminal 5 for a 90 day trial period. You can jump in a Zipcar Flex car anywhere in London and drive yourself to Terminal 5, where you must park in the Avis Budget area on Level 4 of the car park. You can also do it in reverse – walk up to Level 4 of the car park, jump in a Zipcar Flex car, drive yourself home and leave it outside your door for the next user to pick up.
Zipcar estimates, to or from Central London, that you will pay £17. This is far, far cheaper than even an UberX.
Full details are on the Zipcar website here.
If you are not already a member, my referral link – https://zipcar.mention-me.com/m/ol/ef8rk-robert-burgess-28 – gets you £25 of driving credit.