Sacramento AQMD Launches State’s First Electric Vehicle Car Share Program for Disadvantaged Communities, Powered by Zipcar

Zipcar is pleased to join the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and fellow partners in launching Our Community CarShare, California’s first zero-emission vehicle sharing program, in Sacramento. The program provides hundreds of residents of three Sacramento public housing complexes with free access to eight electric Kia Souls.

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Zipcar partners with Washington State Parks

Zipcar has teamed up with Washington State Parks, making it possible for Seattleites to enjoy time outside the city without owning a car. Zipcar and Washington State Parks have set up 100 cars in Seattle as “adventure-ready” vehicles that have a Discover Pass on board for Zipcar members who want to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to parks and other state-managed recreation lands.

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Zipcar announced today that it has expanded to 100 more universities and colleges over the past year, bringing the company’s total campus footprint to more than 600 throughout North America. This growth stems from an increase in the number of campuses interested in offering a car-free or car-light lifestyle to the student population.

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Zipcar is pleased to announce its signature on Mayor Walsh’s 100% Talent Compact, a first-in-the-nation, business community-driven effort to level the playing field for working women. By signing the 100% Talent Compact, we have joined forces with the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Boston University, and nearly 200 other Boston-area employers to close the gender wage gap.

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Dear World,

Drive less.

We know, we know—it’s odd to hear that from a car-sharing company. But hear us out.

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Zipcar is excited to kick off its partnership with the City of Santa Barbara with a ten-car launch this week. Ten Zipcars are parked in designated spots throughout Santa Barbara, including one each in City Garages 10 and 6 and two at the Amtrak Depot lot. The official launch in Santa Barbara builds on a successful program in Los Angeles, where approximately 300 Zipcars are available in more than 200 locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

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A recent Zipcar survey found that nearly 40 percent of Americans nationwide say that the first day of spring is their moment in time to roll the car windows down and start to enjoy the season. So, to encourage people to embrace this change in weather and spirit, Zipcar declared the first day of spring, which this year fell on Monday, March 20, “Windows Down Day.” Celebrating Windows Down Day is simple: windows down, radio up.

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At Zipcar, we have a strong internal community of coders and makers who are passionate about advocating for tech education. In an effort to promote technical literacy on this year’s Pi Day, Zipcar worked directly with RaspberryPi.org to to give away 314 of the brand new Raspberry Pi Zero W mini computers through our social channels to. To receive one of the coveted Pi’s, entrants had to tell us a creative way they would use their Pi.

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New York’s Governor Cuomo announced that the Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with Zipcar for its four-phase Ride2Drive program. The 14-car launch will provide transportation options for both New Yorkers and tourists by placing Zipcars at Metro-North stations in Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven. The goal of this program is to provide a convenient and affordable way to extend travel past transit stops. Zipcars will allow travelers to venture into the suburbs, shop, or sightsee without the hassles of personal car ownership.

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Zipcar and Uber have teamed up to provide a convenient, flexible vehicle solution for Uber Driver Partners in Boston. This new partnership unlocks the opportunity for Zipcar to offer a new use-case for its vehicles and lowers the barrier for prospective Uber drivers to try out the service – they do not need to invest in purchasing or leasing a vehicle nor worry about gas, insurance, maintenance, mileage or general wear and tear on a vehicle.

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