My first ZipCar
Oct 14, 2006

Last night I had to get down to Chestnut Hill. It was the first time in 8 years that I've needed to get somewhere accessible only by car and not had a car. Fortunately, right before I drove down to DC I signed up for a Zipcar account. If you've read Jessi's blog at all you'll know that she's a huge Zipcar fan. I've always thought the concept was cool, but never had any first-hand experience with it. After actually using the service, I think I'm well on my way to joining her in her fandom. Making the service even better, I'm saving a lot of money on it by getting a business account.
Barbados
Last night I had reserved a Toyota RAV-4 EV. As I've mentioned before, I'm a fan of electric cars, and Zipcar maintains a small fleet of them. I want to encourage them to expand their EV fleet, so I plan on reserving the EVs whenever feasible. Sadly, this time, when I got to the garage, I couldn't get into Ralph (the RAV-4). My Zipcard, which you put up against a sensor on the windshield to unlock the car, simply wasn't opening the doors. After a little experimentation we realized that the culprit was the one biggest drawback to Zipcar: the previous driver hadn't properly plugged the car in, so the battery was completely dead. Fortunately, a quick call to Zipcar (the number's right on the card), and they had switched my reservation over to another car in the same garage (they actually have four in that particular garage). That one was a gas powered Scion xB, had 3/4 of a tank, and worked just fine. Amusingly enough, due to recent events, the car I ended up driving was named 'Barbados'. How's that for coincidence?
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