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Car sharing zips to Memphis

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Meet Woodrow and Beverly, two of the city's new Zipcars.  And now, they are available for you to drive. Meet Woodrow and Beverly, two of the city's new Zipcars. And now, they are available for you to drive.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis has partnered with Zipcar to provide four new cars for residents to use at their discretion.

These cars are permanently parked downtown at two separate locations. All you have to do is become a member, get your Zipcar Card, and drive away.

For a small fee, these Zipcars can be yours for the day or longer.

They operate just like a regular car. If you ride public transportation and do not have a car of your own, you can now have access to a car should you need one.

"I think they'll love the idea. I think it's a great idea," said Johnnie Willis who works downtown.

These Zipcars are, in essence, on demand transportation.

"You don't have to pay for parking, pay to clean the car, pay to fix the car," said Paul Morris with the Downtown Memphis Commission.

To be able to drive these Zipcars, all you have to do is pay a $25 application fee and $60 a year to join.

Then, you have to pay $7.50 per hour to drive it, or $69 a day.

Insurance is included in the price.

"Get the card out, bring it over here, hold it on the panel, and the satellite opens the car for me," said Morris.

Four Zipcars are now available. They are parked at Gayoso and Main and Main and Huling downtown and are easily accessible from the trolley line.

"I think these cars are great for Downtown and business people who need to run errands and don't have a car so its great for these Z-cars to come to Memphis," said Willis.

Zipcar is now offering a driving credit for residents who join.

For more information, click here.

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