The city of Houston has signed up its motor pool vehicles, including EVs, to be shared via Zipcar. It is an innovative use of the shared ride program that could save Houston taxpayers a lot of money.
Houston has launched a municipal fleet sharing program called Houston FleetShare with Zipcar. Through this program, 50 city-owned fleet vehicles – including 25 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles and other plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles in the city fleet - have been outfitted with Zipcar's car sharing technology, FastFleet, for use by city employees in various departments.
Six EV charging stations have been installed in Houston's City Hall Annex Garage, to - er -refuel both EVs and plug-in hybrids. That represents a 72% increase of enrolled participants, representing over 7,000 reservations.
For sure, fleet managers in other cities, as well as corporate fleet managers, will be watching the Houston partnership with Zipcar. We taxpayers have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
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.
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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. Utilizing FastFleet technology makes reserving and driving a vehicle a seamless process for employees, while providing significant benefits to fleet managers as well.
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