We have all heard of car-sharing schemes. Perhaps you have even used one while visiting other parts of the world, or the Locomute service in SA. Until now they have been about cars and the ability to jump into a vehicle in various cities around the world, drive to your destination and then park it for someone else to use. But what if you could borrow a van? For example, when you buy a new couch and suddenly realise it will not fit in the boot of your BMW. Van pilot Members of the car-sharing network Zipcar are now able to drive a Volkswagen (VW) Transporter van, as Zipcar and VW embark on a year-long pilot in London. It is not a new thing, as Zipcar already has more than 400 vans available in the city which can be used from an hour to a day. However, what is different about this pilot is the VW vans are petrol versions rather than the other 400, which are diesel. The 10 new Transporter models, all T28 Trendline panel vans with a 2.0l TSI engine and manual gearbox, can be rented from...

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