Zipcar, the ‘rent by the hour from your street corner’ car service, is offering free electric car journeys across London tomorrow, Wednesday 28th October, to celebrate Sustainability Day.
Between 7am and 10pm you will be able to pick up any eGolf in the Flex zone for a free one-way trip. There’s no minimum spend or minimum rental period involved.
What is Zipcar?
Both Rob and I are big fans of Zipcar for when we need four wheels!
Zipcar is a car sharing app that lets you book and rent cars by the minute or the hour.
Zipcar makes driving in London easy, and takes care of any congestion charges, ULEZ, insurance, fuel, breakdown assistance etc. The price you see covers everything, which makes it a hassle-free option if you ever need to rent a car or van.
On the free basic membership plan, you pay from £8/hour. If you are a frequent user, you can pay a monthly fee in exchange for cheaper hourly rates.
What is Zipcar Flex?
Zipcar Flex lets you take flexible one-way trips without pre-booking. You can take a 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.
The only downside with Zipcar Flex is that you can never be certain that there will be a car near you. It obviously requires another Zipcar user to have dropped off a Flex car near you. To make life a little easier, you can put a 15 minute ‘hold’ on a vehicle via the app, giving you time to get there before it is released for another user.
The following boroughs now allow you to pick up or drop off a Zipcar Flex car. It is perfectly fine to drop off the car in a different zone to the one you collected it in:
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
- Plus Heathrow Terminal 5 (additional £5 airport fee – more info in this article)
Heathrow Terminal 5 is very interesting. It is substantially cheaper than taking a taxi to the airport. You drop off your Zipcar in the Terminal 5 short stay car park (Zipcar is owned by Avis and uses some of their parking bays) next to the Sofitel, allowing you to walk directly into the terminal.
How to register for Zipcar
If you are not already a Zipcar member, you can also get £25 free Zipcar credit (which covers around two hours of ‘Flex’ rentals) when signing up for the free membership tier using our link here.
Zipcar takes around two hours to approve new membership applications, based on a DVLA and other background checks. If you want to take advantage of this offer on Wednesday you need to sign up in advance.
The only requirement is that you are at least 23 years old and hold a valid UK driving licence. All you need to do is upload a photo of your licence and details.
Thanks to reader ‘sloth’ for tipping us off!