WaiveCar: Electric Car Ride Share

Summary

SEASON 9 EPISODE 7

PITCH

free electric car sharing service

ENTREPRENEUR

Zoli Honig and Isaac Deutsch

ASKED FOR

$500,000 for 2%

GOT

$500,000 loan at 12% interest + 2% equity

SHARK

Kevin O’Leary

STATUS

OUT OF BUSINESS

Company Background

What is Waivecar?

WaiveCar is the first all electric car sharing company offering drivers free car rentals. Drivers can drive free for the first two hours before paying an hourly rate of $5.99/hr. The company boasts the lowest rate in the car sharing industry which is made possible by income generated from ads displayed on the digital billboards mounted atop its fleet of electric cars.

Who Founded Waivecar?

Waivecar was founded by Zoli Honig and Issac Deutsch in 2014. Zoli is a long time entrepreneur with several companies under his belt prior to starting Waivecar.

What Happened After Shark Tank Update

Waivecar Founders on Shark Tank Season 9 Episode 7

Did Waivecar Get a Deal on Shark Tank?

In Season 9 Episode 7 of Shark Tank, Waivecar founders, Zoli Honig and Isaac Deutsch secured a deal with Kevin O’Leary of a $500,000 loan at 12.5% interest for 2% equity in the electric car, ride-sharing company.

Waivecar Business Model

Its unique business model and use of digital out of home advertising has made WaiveCar a potential disruptor in the advertising and car sharing industries. The company, which was founded in January 2015, has since received $3.5 million in investment funding and has a current valuation of $6.7 million.

Is Waivecar Still in Business?

Following their appearance of Shark Tank, WaiveCar rolled out a fleet of 19 electric cars in Los Angeles and another 3 in New York. In 2019, WaiveCar and California State University teamed as part of the university’s zero-emission vehicle sharing program. But as of January 2020, WaiveCar’s car sharing services were suspended at its Los Angeles campus while the company works towards renewing the insurance on its fleet of electric cars. But it seems the issues for WaiveCar don’t end there.

The WaiveCar app has suddenly disappeared from the Google Play Store and App Store leaving users to wonder what has happened to the promising company. Whether or not the WaiveCar has gone through a pivot remains unclear.

The company has since introduced WaiveWork – an affordable car rental service for people with driving centered careers. WaiveWork is geared towards people who rely on driving for work, but don’t have or want their own car. For $40/day – which covers the cost of insurance and maintenance, drivers have access to one of WaiveCar’s Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid electric cars.

Today, Waivecar seems to be in hiatus. The founders have shifted gears and in 2020, began working on a new project, REEF, which transforms static parking facilities into thriving mobility and logistical hubs.

3 thoughts on “WaiveCar: Electric Car Ride Share”

  1. Home depot is $20 for the first 75 minutes and they charge after in 15 minute increments. As for U-Haul they also charge you 85 cents per mile in addition to the daily rate.

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  2. Most people I know that need to rent a vehicle for cheap can rent a truck from home depot or a vehicle from uhaul for 20 bucks a day, your rental is 40 bucks per day, why would someone want to pay twice as much per day?

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    • I’m into transportation .I have a place where people are going back and forth to same place
      Using buses and taxis.In some way we should be able to use what you have.
      Thanks. Arnold Max

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