IUPUI, Zipcar announce partnership

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There will soon be a new way for IUPUI students to get around campus.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has announced a new partnership with Zipcar, the world's leading car-sharing network, to offer Zipcars on campus.

Zipcar offers cars for short-term rental. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or up to a few days, with an annual membership fee.

The service is available 24/7 for IUPUI students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the general public ages 21 and older.

IUPUI will offer two fuel-efficient vehicles, a Ford Focus and Toyota Prius, which will be in campus lot 80 near Vermont Street and University Boulevard. Zipcars are available on demand or can be reserved.

It's a smart option for IUPUI, which has a large commuting student population.

This year, IUPUI faculty, students and staff can join for a $25; rates on campus Zipcars start as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35.

Gas, insurance, reserved parking spots and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcars website.