October 12, 2011

What is ZipCar?

Zipcar is a huge car-sharing program with the goal of one million fewer cars on the road. That means less congestion, less pollution, less dependence on oil, and cleaner, fresher air to breathe. They claim that every Zipcar takes at least 15 personally-owned vehicles off the road. Multiply that by the more than 8000 cars in our fleet and you've got a really big number.

So Kudos to several William and Mary students who signed up in the second year of the Zipcar program on campus. Bill Horacio III, Director of Parking and Transportation Services, says that because of their "very active membership, we added a third car to our fleet of Zipcars on campus and many students are enjoying the cost savings this program offers." allowing students without cars on campus to use a car for up to 180 miles per day for a nominal per fee. Membership is $35, but Zipcar credits this fee in driving time within the first month. Daily rates are $8/hr; weekends $9/hr, including gas and insurance.

After joining Zipcar, 90% of their members drove 5,500 miles or less per year. That adds up to more than 32 million gallons of crude oil left in the ground—or 219 gallons saved per Zipster. And many of their cars are hybrids. Electric cars should be part of theri fleets too, I expect.