Car-Sharing Merges Into the Mainstream
Not Just for Tree-Huggers: Businesses and Universities Help Drive Growth of Flexcar, Zipcar
By Sara Kehaulani Goo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 5, 2006; Page D01

For more than a year, Michelle Brown eyed the Zipcars parked across the street from her Penn Quarter restaurant. The co-owner of Teaism, a popular tea house, plotted and pondered and then, two months ago, she took the plunge.

Now, every morning, the chefs at Teaism prepare salty oat cookies and sandwiches and load them into a Honda Element owned by Zipcar so they can be delivered to the restaurant's two other District locations before noon. Brown figures the shared-car service saves her a couple of hundred dollars a month on gas and parking.

Car-Sharing Merges Into the Mainstream