City CarShare is the largest nonprofit carsharing organisation in North America, and it has recently increased its share of electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles to 44% in the San Francisco Bay Area with the introduction of two new Ford Focus all-electric vehicles.
City CarShare’s fleet is now made up of 160 hybrids, 13 plug-in electric hybrids, and 5 all-electric vehicles.
This high percentage of electric vehicles helps City CarShare’s fleet prevent 80 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
“We are very close to meeting one of our mission goals of converting half of our fleet to electric or hybrid by 2015,” says Rick Hutchinson, City CarShare CEO. “By offering innovative and greener mobility options to individuals and businesses, we are significantly reducing gas consumption and CO2 emissions, making the Bay Area a more livable place.”
A recent survey of City CarShare members found that many favoured electric and hybrid vehicles as a transportation option. When asked why, members indicated the following reasons:
- curious about the technology
- environmental reasons
- to reduce petroleum or fossil fuels
- the potential for cost savings or fuel efficiency
- an affinity for new technology.
“City CarShare’s expansive electric and hybrid fleet is the largest in the Bay Area and provides San Francisco residents and businesses with an environmentally-friendly choice that helps ease congestion on our City’s streets and leads the way in environmental stewardship in this collaborative consumption economy,” said Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco.
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