Published on August 28th, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown0
Zipcar and the City of Houston Launch First of Its Kind Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Program
Zipcar is the leading car sharing network worldwide. It just recently launched the Houston Fleet Share, a municipal electric vehicle sharing program.
50 city-owned fleet vehicles will be equipped with Zipcar’s FastFleet® proprietary fleet sharing technology for use by employees of the city from all departments. Half of these vehicles will be Nissan Leaf hatchbacks.
This program is the first of its kind and will be funded by the State Energy Conservation Office American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (SECO-ARRA) Transportation Program (SEP). It is designed to help the city of Houston to improve energy efficiency, save money, and promote sustainability without sacrificing mobility.
Houston actually has the third-largest municipal hybrid fleet in the country. Approximately 50 percent of the city’s non-specialty, light-duty fleet was replaced with hybrid vehicles.
“Houston is setting the pace for sustainability efforts, and we are very proud to be working with Zipcar to launch the nation’s first-ever municipal EV green fleet sharing program,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Although we’ve always been known as the oil capital of the world, we’re gaining momentum on being the energy capital through programs like Houston Fleet Share and the Houston Drives Electric initiative.”
“By utilizing Zipcar’s technology to make our fleet usage more efficient, we will be able to further reduce emissions and cut back on fleet fuel consumption, helping save money while also having a positive impact on our environment,” continued Mayor Parker.
“I would like to applaud Mayor Parker and the City of Houston for all the work they have done to make the city’s municipal fleet one of the most sustainable in the country through their dedication to EVs and hybrid vehicles. We’re excited to help make this program even more efficient with the addition of Zipcar technology into these vehicles,” said Scott Griffith, Zipcar chairman and CEO. “By utilizing Zipcar’s FastFleet technology through the new Fleet Share program, the City of Houston joins smart city governments focused on developing solutions to complex transportation challenges.”
Houston selected Zipcar as its fleet vehicle provider through a competitive bidding process.