ZIPCAR DRIVES SMART BUSINESSES FORWARD

Save time and money in a few clicks with Zipcar’s new Business Calculator

Feb 5, 2013

Zipcar, the UK’s largest pay-as-you-drive car network, today launches its Business Calculator; a tool enabling companies of all sizes to better understand their current transport usage patterns, assess the costs involved and identify associated administrative time. With the RAC recently reporting that company car ownership has dropped by 20% in recent years, Zipcar’s Business Calculator launches at a time when there is an increasing requirement for more cost-effective, pay-as-you-drive mobility solutions.

Working with thousands of businesses in the UK, Zipcar recognises the complex range of influences on transport options that make it hard for businesses to get a realistic and complete picture of their own transport costs. With just a few basic details, Zipcar’s Business Calculator can quickly collate a report demonstrating potential time and cost savings of switching to a ‘pay-as-you-drive’ solution, taking into account a business’ size, current transport mix, time spent travelling, along with time spent on transport administration – from insurance and road tax through to processing travel receipts. Working in real-time, it will also show businesses the locations of their closest five Zipcar vehicles.

Zipcar provides the convenience and flexibility needed by today’s smart business. Vehicles are available by the hour or by the day, from convenient locations close to people’s homes and offices. Zipcar’s range of vehicles means customers can choose the most appropriate model for their specific requirement on the day, including small cars, premium vehicles and vans.

Andrew Edgar, Head of Zipcar for Business comments, "Zipcar works with businesses of all sizes across a wide range of industries, from accountants attending meetings, to florists delivering flowers. With its flexible and simple service, Zipcar allows these businesses to be more agile. By freeing businesses from the burden of fixed overheads, Zipcar brings down the costs of each company’s transport needs. Zipcar provides a smarter, greener and more cost effective option when it comes to business travel, which makes sense to innovative, progressive businesses looking to make 2013 their best year yet."

The Business Calculator is the latest example of Zipcar’s technology-enabled proposition aimed at simplifying travel and facilitating smarter ways of working. Businesses can manage their Zipcar experience online or on the Zipcar mobile app, with multiple employees signed up under one account. Employees can book via their smartphone, online or over the phone 24/7 and live statements can be exported from the Zipcar site, making fuel receipts and paper invoicing a thing of the past.

To view Zipcar's infographic, highlighting some of the common issues businesses face when choosing transport options, click here.

Visit www.zipcar.co.uk/betterbusiness or call 020 3004 7816 for further information on how much your business could save by joining a pay-as-you-drive car network.

Zipcar for Business Case Study: Onefinestay

"We manage hundreds of homes across London, so the multiple locations and instant access offered by Zipcar is the perfect fit for our operations. The most important aspect, especially over busy periods like the Olympics and Christmas, has been the ability to expand our fleet without making longer commitments to vehicle leasers. Zipcar is not only affordable but saves us time managing our scalable transport model. With Zipcar there are no hidden costs and it’s an all-inclusive alternative, from fuel and tax through to insurance and Congestion Charge." – Ronan Quigley, Head of Logistics at onefinestay

About Zipcar

Zipcar UK is part of the Zipcar Inc, the world's largest pay-as-you-drive car club with over 767,000 members and more than 10,000 vehicles in urban areas across the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Spain and Austria. In the UK, Zipcar operates in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford and has local authority partnerships in Kent and Surrey. London is the largest Zipcar network in the UK, with over 1,500 cars across 31 London boroughs. Zipcar members benefit from: 40 miles of fuel, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, road tax and the Congestion Charge when travelling in London. Zipcar offers a dozen models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at http://www.zipcar.co.uk/

For further information: For media enquiries, please visit this page or contact: Antonia Taylor or Russell Barrow 020 3478 5044 zipcar@theprnetwork.co.uk

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