Zipcar is famous for being one of the world’s biggest car club service that has helped several car companies obtain real-life stats when it comes to car sharing. Zipcar has also been known to be a great alternative to car rental and the answer to the hefty price one pays for car ownership and maintenance.
Just recently, Zipcar has teamed up with Toyota and had added about eight units of the hybrid / plug-in versions of the well publicized and warmly embraced Toyota Prius, one of the biggest names in the Japanese carmaker’s roster of vehicles. These eight Pruis units are now part of Zipcar’s car-sharing options to choose from. These plug-in Prius models are aimed for test drives alone and won’t be sold anywhere until year 2012. However, Zipcar members that are stationed in San Francisco, Boston, Cambridge, and Portland can enjoy the benefits and get the feel of these new Prius plug-in versions.
This is part of Toyota’s joint pilot program with Zipcar. The Prius units will be able to give then real-time data that would be beneficial in their preparation for the plug-in’s launch by the year 2012. On the other hand, Zipcar aims to use these eight Prius plug-in models to assess the possibility of having a wider range of options when it comes to their fleet.
Of course, like all of Zipcar’s fleet options, the plug-in Toyota Prius is available by an hourly reservation with a $7 rate charged per sixty minutes of use. So go on and enjoy these new models through Zipcar.