Federal GSA & State of Illinois Add Car Sharing to Fleet Programs

About 500 Zipcar vehicles will be available to State of Illinois employees for use in the Chicago area.
About 500 Zipcar vehicles will be available to State of Illinois employees for use in the Chicago area.

WASHINGTON & SPRINGFIELD, IL - The U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Motor Vehicle Mangement (GSA Fleet) has awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to car-sharing company Zipcar, Inc., as a vendor for the federal government's short-term rental (STR) program. In addition, the Illinois Dept. of Central Managed Services (CMS) also launched the car-sharing option for state employees, according to releases Zipcar.

The GSA Fleet contract marks the first time car sharing has officially been part of the GSA Fleet's list of approved vendors for use through the STR program by Federal government entities, which now have access to Zipcar's entire fleet of car-sharing vehicles throughout the company's 12 major U.S. markets. The term of the BPA is from Oct. 6, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012, with four one-year options to renew.

The State of Illinois contract will allow employees in the Chicago metropolitan area and Springfield to access to Zipcar's vehicles to meet state business travel needs. Through Zipcar's Z4G (Zipcar for Government) offering, a number of Illinois state agencies will have on-demand access to nearly 500 Zipcar vehicles currently located across the City of Chicago, as well as a new fleet of vehicles in the city of Springfield. State employees will be able to reserve Zipcars as needed for state business at any time, with the State paying only for the time the car is actually reserved.

Zipcar's service was selected through the State's open and competitive procurement process. The State's car-sharing initiative includes the introduction of four vehicles in Springfield. All Zipcar hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, reserved parking spots, 24/7 roadside assistance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day, according to the company.

The City of Chicago has already contracted with Zipcar to provide carsharing services to its fleet drivers (in combination with its motor pool). The New York City, the City of Baltimore, and Washington D.C., as well as other government entities, also use or have tested the car-sharing service.

Comments

  1. Mike Harrigan [ October 27, 2011 @ 11:00AM ]

    So now we will have federal and state employees zipping around in foreign-built cars like the Mini, Prius, & BMW? The Federal Government should make it a condition of the contract that ZipCar has to make only American made vehicles available to government employees.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Autonomous Vehicles and the Changing Role of the Fleet Manager

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

2017: Fleet Mix Will Be Paramount

Car rental companies are migrating to vehicle segments with better residual values, though not without bumps in the road.

Auto Rental Summit: Five Trend Lines

Taking in the seminars, discussions, and networking at the 2016 Auto Rental Summit, trend lines emerged around shifts in model mix, data protection issues, increasing labor costs, workforce engagement, and new platforms to rent cars.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.