CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIP), the world's leading car sharing network, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, announced the launch of a new integrated fleet and car sharing program that is expected to save Cook County, Illinois, more than $250,000 in annual vehicle costs and travel reimbursement in 2013. This new program is the latest of several government transportation programs supported by Zipcar throughout Illinois, including programs at the state, city and county levels. These partnerships showcase how Zipcar can help government organizations complement their existing fleets by providing access to car sharing for employees, while optimizing their existing fleet with Zipcar's FastFleet technology.
The partnership with Cook County will promote energy efficiency and sustainability by reducing the number of County-owned vehicles, decreasing the amount of money spent for mileage reimbursement and increasing the number of cars available to employees.
Through the new program, named "Shared Fleet", existing County-owned fleet vehicles have been outfitted with Zipcar's FastFleet® proprietary fleet sharing technology for employee use. County employees can now use Shared Fleet vehicles from three locations: inside a Loop garage, at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and at the Department of Corrections. Additional vehicles will be stationed at other suburban County facilities as the program expands. Further, through Zipcar for Business, Zipcar's business transportation solution, County employees also now receive discounted rates and access to more than 500 Zipcars located throughout the greater Chicago area."With the combined use of the Shared Fleet and Zipcars, our employees will have more efficient access to transportation to conduct their business," President Preckwinkle said. "Over time, we'll achieve energy efficiency by having fewer cars on the road. The program will save taxpayers money and conserve the environment."