Last Year, co-founders Clayton Lane and Tanya Seaman were given the boot apparently for being too smart/idealistic.
Since then, it's been a little rough.
Instead of adding more hybrids, rates were raised on existing hybrids.
And now, due to cash concerns/recession troubles, they just announced that they're ending free memberships.
Adding insult to injury, they sent out the notification after 5 pm on a Friday so they wouldn't be bombarded with calls. Giving less than a week's notice.
From: PhillyCarShareBlah, blah, blah.
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 5:40 PM
Subject: Important News Regarding your PhillyCarShare Account
Rate Plan Change to Benefit You: Please read on...
PhillyCarShare is pleased to announce that we're simplifying car sharing in Philadelphia!
Starting May 1st, we will streamline our offerings into one plan, the Philadelphia Plan, which will give every residential member access to the lowest PhillyCarShare hourly rates. The monthly fee will be $15 and the hourly rates will range from $3.55 to $8.55, with the continued monthly 5 cent reduction in the hourly rate through July 2009.
All current Basic Freedom members will be converted to this new membership plan on April 30th, when the first of your $15 monthly membership fees will be charged to your credit card.
If you have any concerns, please call Member Services at 215-730-0988, ext. 5. If this plan is not for you, then please use the link below by April 30th, 2009 to cancel your PhillyCarShare membership and avoid being charged the $15 May membership fee.
For the record, Philly Car Share retains our allegiance because in the end, it's still fucking amazing — we just wish they'd be cooler about it.
Regarding their other 50,000+ members, however, we're thinking they lose at least 10,000 and maybe even half.
So that's why this really sucks — it hurts car sharing's mainstream appeal.
Philly Car Share to charge monthly fee for all acounts [ Philly Blog ]
Exclusive: Shake-Up at Philly Car Share [ Philly Mag ]
PhillyCarShare First in Nation to Offer Free Memberships [ Business Wire ]
Philly Car Share Makeover Results in Sexiest Surface Parking Lot Ever