Throughout 2023, Zipcar will be expanding its electric vehicle (EV) fleet and commits to allocating 25% of its electric fleet to disadvantaged communities in need of affordable and convenient vehicles for driving to appointments, errands or to visit friends and family.
With this commitment, we are proud to join the White House EV Acceleration Challenge, which supports a historic effort to transition the United States to EVs under the Biden Administration. Equitable access to transportation and environmental sustainability is a key benefit of the car-free and car-lite lifestyle Zipcar enables, especially with the increasing adoption of EVs.
“We are committed to work with public and private partners nationwide to provide more disadvantaged communities with access to Zipcar’s professionally maintained fleet of electric vehicles,” said Angelo Adams, Head of Zipcar. “Equitable access to transportation and environmental sustainability is a key benefit of the car-free and car-lite lifestyle Zipcar enables, especially with the increasing adoption of EVs. We know there is a genuine need to support access to electric vehicles, especially to communities that may not be able to afford the cost of ownership and specific EV requirements such as dedicated charging, parking and maintenance.
Zipcar added EVs to the fleet in Boston in 2002 and today, nearly half of its EV fleet serves environmental justice populations. In 2017, Zipcar launched Our Community CarShare (OCCS), a program in partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the Sacramento Housing Authority, and Breathe California, which continues to expand. Recently, Zipcar was awarded a $1,792,000 grant to provide electric car sharing in overburdened communities in New Jersey and plans to roll out EVs by year’s end.