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The Boston Common Garage and Zipcar, Inc. announced the introduction of four new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids to Zipcar’s Boston fleet, as well as plug-in stations and priority parking for Zipcars and other hybrid vehicles at the Boston Common Garage (BCG).
“With these new additions, at the Boston Common Garage, you can now find a green spot all year long,” said James E. Rooney, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) executive director. “We pride ourselves with running an organization that strives to have as little impact on our environment as possible. Thanks to our five-year partnership with Zipcar and their growing fleet of plug-in hybrids in Massachusetts, we can continue to offer services which enhance the quality of life in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth.”
Zipcar explained the new “green zone” on the BCG’s middle level is part of an ongoing effort by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority – which owns and operates the garage – to create one of Boston’s most environmentally friendly public parking facilities
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrids to our members in the Boston area through Zipcar’s program with Honda and our relationship with the MCCA,” said Zipcar President, Mark Norman. “Zipcar fully supports the MCCA’s efforts to green the Boston Common Garage by providing sustainable transportation options for area residents and visitors.”
Zipcar said it is a longstanding pioneer in using advanced vehicle technologies as the first car sharing company in the United States to introduce electric vehicles, starting in Boston in 2002. Zipcar also said it is the first to offer hybrid vehicles through a partnership with Honda in Seattle in 2003.
The BCG’s new green parking area is branded and just feet away from the facility’s entrance and exit ramps. Signs from the Charles Street entrance will lead drivers to the area, which is restricted to Zipcar hybrid or plug-in, or privately owned, vehicles. In addition, the BCG is branding priority parking spots for hybrids near each of the garage’s four entrances to Boston Common.
The charging stations were funded through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
Zipcar currently has four Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid vehicles available in Boston: two at the Boston Common Garage, one at the Post Office Square Garage and one on the Harvard University campus at Garden Street and Fernald Drive. The plug-ins are available to all Zipcar members ages 21+, starting from $11.25 per hour.
Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, based on the five-passenger Accord, is rated at a combined fuel economy of 46 mpg. On a full charge and tank of gas the range of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is approximately 570 miles. The Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid battery can be recharged in about three hours when plugged into a standard 120-volt electrical outlet, and in less than one hour using a 240-volt “Level-2” charger.