For the urban and eco-conscious types who don't own cars and don't want cars and don't want to park cars and don't want to feed cars and don't want to bathe cars - this post is for you (and we bet you live in NY, Boston or SF).
ZipCar pioneered the concept of renting a car for a few hours to visit friends on the island or for an interview in the valley or for the fall drive to Concord or for NY Fall Foliage. Walk over to where the car is parked, swipe the card and the car is yours, all gassed up. Drive back and the spot is waiting for you.
It turns out that the "gas included" feature really got people excited in the $4 gas age. SO, the big guys have noticed and are going for the same model. Recently (as described in the Boston Globe and summed up in this blog) U-Haul and Hertz are doing something similar. It looks like they are still trying to figure out what ZipCar already did, and ZipCar is more "green" using hybrid cars - but the fact that these guys are in means this is going mainstream. Great news for all of us and for the trees. Denver readers - this weekend begins the peak for Colorado Fall Colors.