Kolkata, Mar 15 (PTI) Self-driven car rental start-up Zoomcar today said it will ramp up it’s fleet with marketplace model branded as ZAP and plans to hive-off its own existing cars over the next 6-12 months.Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Death Toll Rises to 31 in Landslide, House-collapse Incidents; NDRF Ends Search & Rescue Ops

“We have around 2000 company owned cars out of a fleet size of 3000 vehicles across 17 cities in India. With ZAP model, we aim to increase the cars under marketplace model to 80 per cent by December 2017,” Zoomcar CEO Greg Moran said today. Also Read - Coronavirus in India News And Updates: Take Action Against Those Engaging in Black Marketing of Oxygen and Medicines, HC tells Delhi Govt

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Moran said over the next six to 12 months it will hive-off its existing company owned cars.

The startup launched the ZAP model in the city today.

ZAP asks people to buy a new car and instead of keeping their car idle when not driving, it encourages them to put their car on Zoomcar to earn from renting to ease their EMI payment.

Zoomcar does not offer any direct financial support to buy the car and neither gives any minimum guranteed return.

“We’ll be profitable at company level by this calender year,” Moran said.

Zoomcar will expand to 30 cities by next quarter from 17 now.

Moran said the company is adequately funded with total USD 50 million it had already raised from Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Sequoia Capital, Nokia Growth Partners and Cyber Carrier.

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