Zipcar Inc. — a car sharing network — said today it is expanding its presence in Detroit by upping its number of available cars to 40. The company has had cars on the campus of Wayne State University since 2011 and, in August, launched two cars with Rock Ventures in a pilot program.
In Detroit, the majority of Zipcar’s fleet carry the Ford Motor Co. insignia. With names like Martius, Motor City, and Belle Isle, the cars include a Ford Escape, Focus, and Mustang.
“We’re proud to stand alongside Zipcar as a valued partner, as they expand operations to Detroit,” Amy Marentic, group marketing manager for global cars and crossovers at Ford, said in a statement. “This is a city brimming with possibilities, and we’re thrilled that our vehicles will be a symbol of growth and opportunity.”
The cars are now located in public and private lots and garages in Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Woodbridge, Rivertown, and Hamtramck. Zipcars are also available at two campuses at the College for Creative Studies and WSU. Through the company, these vehicles may be rented for as short as an hour or as long as a few days at a time.
Employees of local businesses can use the Zipcar for Business program, which offers discounted driving rates Monday through Friday.