City Of Houston Expands Zipcar Partnership

Zipcar, Inc. and the City of Houston Fleet Management Department have announced that Houston’s FleetShare program has expanded to its second location.

The program first launched with shared pool vehicles in the Theater District’s Tranquility Garage and has recently expanded to the City Hall Annex Garage.

In July 2012, the City of Houston launched a new municipal fleet sharing program called Houston FleetShare with partner Zipcar.  Through this program, 50 City-owned fleet vehicles – including 25 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs) and other plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles – were outfitted with Zipcar’s proprietary car sharing technology, FastFleet, for use by city employees across numerous departments.

“Zipcar is very excited to continue our successful relationship with the City of Houston to bring vehicle sharing efficiencies to City employees.” said Michael Serafino, Zipcar Vice President of Sales and Market Development.

Houston said six electric vehicle charging stations were installed in the City Hall Annex Garage allowing for both EVs and hybrid vehicles to be made available at this location. The expansion of the program to the City Hall Annex is the result of a 72 percent increase of enrolled participants, representing over 7,000 reservations.

This move to a large shared pool of City vehicles will also maximize the efficiency of City resources, according to Houston’s fleet department.

“Small individual pools of vehicles have a lot of down time and then tend to be needed all at once,” said Jedediah Greenfield, Fleets’ public information officer. “With a larger shared city vehicle pool, we can ensure our vehicles are being used efficiently through closely monitoring utilization and streamlining their operation which ultimately serves the needs of our citizens.”