Zipcar to launch in Huntsville next week

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Zipcar is poised to launch in Huntsville.

After a council vote last month to make the legal environment within the city more friendly to transportation network companies, Zipcar and Uber announced plans to launch in the Rocket City.

Uber has already moved in, starting up several weeks ago.

Now, Zipcar leaders are expected to announce a launch in Huntsville next week, putting out a media release stating the announcement will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. outside Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

In attendance will be Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. CEO Chad Emerson, and Zipcar General Manager Vilaire Lazard. The group is expected to highlight the reasons they are excited to bring Zipcar to Huntsville, and show off some of the new fleet in Huntsville.

Emerson told WHNT News 19 the cars will have names (used when you reserve and pick up your car) that connect them to the Huntsville area. While he couldn't spill the beans on what those are, we expect to learn those that day also.

What is Zipcar?

Zipcar is a car-sharing service. According to its website, customers can create an account, and after a vetting process, will receive a Zipcard. That Zipcard becomes the key to get into a vehicle they have requested to use through their account. Zipcar's website details that you can rent a vehicle for an hour, or for a week at a time, and travel up to 180 miles a day without additional fees.

The Zipcars will be placed around Downtown Huntsville. Two will be on Washington Street near the Belk-Hudson Lofts, two will be in front of Huntsville City Hall, and two will be at the Artisan in Twickenham Square.

Zipcar officials said the company has operations on more than 500 college campuses and in more than 500 cities and towns across eight countries.

The Zipcar website can provide more information about how it all works, from membership to billing, to insurance.

This Zipcar-produced video answers many questions, too:

This page will show the Huntsville rates, but right now there's no information on it. We expect more information when the company launches.

Mayor Battle said he is very excited for the company to make its announcement next week.

"It's kind of interesting that we're putting all the pieces of the puzzle together for our transportation ecosystem," he said. "This gives you some capabilities to do some things you haven't been able to do in the past."