Uber Technologies Inc. is turning to rental-car firm Zipcar in its relentless drive to hook more drivers up to its ride-hailing network.
In Uber’s deal with Zipcar, a unit of Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR, -0.81% , drivers in Boston can rent vehicles for $ 12 an hour, on top of a $ 7 monthly rental fee, roughly in line with what Zipcar offers cars for in the city. Based on a search of Zipcar’s website on Wednesday, vehicles ranged from $ 6 per hour to as much as $ 13 per hour, depending on vehicle type.
At the special rental rates, it could be tricky for Uber drivers to bring in much of a profit. Rates vary, but Uber drivers say they can make $ 15 to $ 20 an hour when there is strong demand. That doesn’t include expenses that Uber passes to drivers, such as fuel, tolls and insurance, though Zipcar’s membership covers those.
The companies are starting small, offering just 20 of the vehicles for rental. But they suggested the partnership could expand beyond the Massachusetts city.
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