Carsharing company Zipcar to Suspend Operations in British Columbia

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Car-sharing company Zipcar has announced that it will cease operations in British Columbia effective May 1.

In an email to Daily Hive confirming his departure, the company said its decision was “due to the complexity of operations in the Vancouver market, including local insurance rules”.

Zipcar served Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Kelowna, New Westminster, Surrey and Vancouver.

We thank our entire Zipcar community in British Columbia for their support since our first launch in 2007, “said the company.

Zipcar is the last carsharing service to leave the province. In February, SHARE NOW (formerly known as Car2Go) officially ceased operations in North America.

The company made the announcement in December 2019, noting that some of the factors that led to its decision were the competitive market, rising operating costs and the lack of infrastructure to support the new technologies.

After SHARE NOW was released from the market, the car-sharing service Evo added 250 more vehicles to its fleet, allowing a total of 1,750 cars to circulate in the Greater Vancouver area.

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