When I tell people that I don’t own a car, they sometimes ask if I’m a member of Flexcar. I looked into the car-sharing thing when I first moved to LA, but none of the Flexcar pick-up locations are anywhere near my North Hollywood/Universal City home, and I just couldn’t get excited about taking the subway to a rental car. But it sounds like they’re going to add lots more locations soon — AOL cofounder Steve Case just purchased a majority stake in the company.
Case said he hopes to increase Flexcar’s customer base to 1 million and its fleet to 20,000 vehicles in five years. The Seattle-based company currently operates 450 cars in six cities — Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Washington and Portland, Ore.
If they put a Flexcar within walking distance of my apartment, I will sign up immediately. Every Flexcar in Los Angeles is a Honda Civic Hybrid, so it would be a chance to live my dream of driving a hybrid car. (Well, the real dream is to own one, but I’ll take what I can get.)