With the departure of SHARE NOW, it makes perfect sense that a new carshare company would soon come in to fill the space.
GIG Car Share, a free-floating carshare service partnered with AAA Washington, has officially made its way to Seattle. The service provides Seattleites with affordable and convenient access to a large fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles.
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GIG first launched in California three years ago and boasts upwards of 65,000 members. The company is currently running on a free-floating, one-way model, which gives customers the flexibility to pick up and drop off the cars in various locations without having to worry about paying for fuel or insurance costs.
“Our region is experiencing a fundamental shift from individual car ownership to people wanting transportation as a service,” said Kirk Nelson, president & CEO of AAA Washington, in a press release. “GIG brings a member-focused approach to a service that is desperately needed in our region, and we’re excited to partner with GIG to bring carsharing back to Seattle.”
The carsharing service has deployed 250 of their signature black Prius with blue bike racks which are available for use through the GIG app.
GIG currently offers cars for as low as 40 cents per minute, $15 per hour, $55 for eight hours, and $85 per day with no application or sign-up fees. Members of AAA will receive the added benefit of 10% off the cost of their trips.
“The City of Seattle is proud to partner with AAA Washington and GIG Car Share to foster an environment where mobility innovation can thrive,” said Sam Zimbabwe, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Car sharing is a critical component of making a city where people can have reliable transportation while reducing Single Occupancy Vehicle use and we are excited to have a new entrant into the market.”