Zipcar integrates BCN-based Avancar into global car-share network
Zipcar, the rapidly expanding global car-sharing network, has announced the final integration of Spain’s largest car sharing service, Barcelona-based Avancar, into the Zipcar global network.
In February, U.S.-based Zipcar increased its initial 2009 equity stake to become majority shareholder in Avancar, which has been offering car sharing in Barcelona since 2005. According to a Zipcar news release, Zipcar research shows that “Barcelona has the potential to become one of the top European cities for car sharing.”
Simultaneous with the Avancar integration, which includes conversion of the entire fleet in Barcelona from the legacy Avancar platform onto the Zipcar network, Zipcar also announced the launch of its “new global technology platform, designed to support multi-language capabilities and enhance scalability to improve speed to market with future international expansion,” the release said.
As a result of the Avancar integration onto the Zipcar platform, offering “the end-to-end Zipcar experience … in both Catalan and Spanish languages,” Barcelona Zipcar vehicles are now available for reservation by all Zipcar members worldwide, with rates starting from four Euros per hour and 45 Euros per day, including insurance, gas, and 20 kilometers of driving per day (24 hours).
Read the full Zipcar news release online, here.