"This new program between Zipcar and Cook County is another great example of smart City-County collaboration," said Charles Stephens, general manager, Zipcar Chicago. "We applaud President Preckwinkle and Cook County for their commitment to innovation and developing smart transportation solutions that promote sustainability and fiscal responsibility, while helping to create efficiencies. We're proud to support so many government transportation initiatives throughout the State of Illinois, and we look forward to bringing on more departments to help further reduce costs while increasing mobility."
In March 2011, the City of Chicago became the first city in the country to integrate both the use of Zipcar's FastFleet technology in their existing fleet and Zipcar for Business. By using this combination of Zipcars and fleet sharing to eliminate fleet vehicles where concentration of Zipcar can meet demand, the City of Chicago program has reduced their non-emergency light duty fleet by over 20 percent (more than 950 vehicles in 2007 vs. less than 750 today), and is netting over $500k in savings annually.
Additionally, in October 2011, Zipcar and The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) announced the launch of a sustainable transportation option for state employees through the Zipcar for Business offering. This initiative was put in place to help support the State's goal to reduce overall fuel consumption and promote environmentally-friendly forms of transportation for State business. Employees in the Chicago metropolitan area and Springfield have access to Zipcar's hybrid and other fuel efficient vehicles to meet State business travel needs.
About Zipcar Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing network with more than 767,000 members and over 10,000 vehicles located in major metropolitan areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.About Zipcar's FastFleet® Technology FastFleet is Zipcar's proprietary car sharing technology that enables fleet managers to save money, reduce risk and promote sustainability by leveraging the same technology that powers Zipcar's consumer fleet. The FastFleet program empowers client fleet administrators to determine the numbers, types and locations of vehicles, which are then equipped with Zipcar's in-vehicle technology, wirelessly linking them to a dedicated server. Utilzing FastFleet technology makes reserving and driving a vehicle a seamless process for employees, while providing significant benefits to fleet managers as well. More information is available at www.fastfleet.net. Zipcar, FastFleet and the Zipcar logo are trademarks of Zipcar, Inc.