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Car Sharing Company Zipcar Launches Service In Columbus

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined other city leaders and Zipcar President Tracey Zhen at a Tuesday event.

One month after car sharing company Car2Go said it was pulling out of Columbus, another company has officially launched service in the city.

Zipcar is like Car2Go in that it’s a member-based service where people can get short-term car rentals. But unlike Car2Go, Zipcar rents cars by the hour and day, not by the minute. And Zipcar offers several different models, not just those blue-and-white smart cars offered by Car2Go.

Zipcar is the most popular car-sharing company in Europe. It got help from Columbus City Council earlier this year when lawmakers approved code changes allowing for dedicated parking spots for car-sharing vehicles.

The company already had a few cars operating before a Tuesday kickoff event with city leaders.