Zipcar Now Available at More Than 500 Colleges and Universities
Segment Growth a Result of Strong Campus Partnerships
BOSTON, October 19, 2015 – Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, today announced that it is now operating on more than 500 colleges and universities throughout North America, by far the largest such presence among car sharing brands. Zipcar is the unparalleled leader in college and university car sharing, offering students, faculty, staff and nearby residents with its “wheels when you want them” service and the freedom to travel off or around campus.
Zipcar began the year with operations on 400 campuses and, through its sales and marketing efforts, successfully signed new partnership agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities throughout 2015 to achieve this milestone. Since 2011, Zipcar has doubled its presence on campuses, including expansion into Canada. The university segment has been a strong driver of Zipcar’s success since its first college partnerships, with MIT and Harvard in 2002. University participants often continue on as Zipcar members after they graduate when they move into one of over 470 cities and towns that Zipcar serves around the world.
“Zipcar continues to be the leader in providing universities with a convenient, affordable and sustainable transportation option, and our goal is to be operating on over 500 campuses this year,” said Kaye Ceille, Zipcar president. “Universities are often like small cities in how they experience parking challenges. With each Zipcar eliminating the need for up to 15 personally owned vehicles, we are able to reduce congestion and CO2 emissions on participating campuses.”
Zipcar has made car sharing possible for university students age 18+ with a good driving record, providing an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car on campus. The Company’s longstanding alliance with Ford Motor Company has helped to provide participating universities with discounted Zipcar membership and driving rates. Further, Zipcar and Ford have once again given back to the college community through the “Students with Drive” grant program, which has donated more than $625,000 in cash and credit to be put toward Zipcar reservations to student groups since 2011. “Students with Drive” awards deserving student groups which have demonstrated their ability to drive change in their local community and beyond.
Zipcars on campus and in cities around the world are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reservation with gas, insurance and 180 miles per day included. Students at participating universities can join today by visiting www.zipcar.com/universities.
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout Austria, Canada, France, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a global leader in vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.
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Public Relations Manager, Zipcar