EDWARDSVILLE – SIUE announced today that it is launching a car-sharing service to serve the campus and surrounding community.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville launched the partnership with Zipcar, Inc., which calls itself the world’s leading car sharing network. Zipcar offers what the university calls a convenient, low-cost transportation option now available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for SIUE students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.
SIUE will initially offer two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Toyota Prius, which will be located in Parking Lot B on campus.
This year, SIUE members can join for a $25 fee and receive $35 of free driving. Rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus start as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, a reserved parking spot and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. SIUE faculty and staff can join Zipcar at zipcar.com/siue.
“Zipcar is an outstanding opportunity and value for our students, faculty and staff to have transportation readily available when needed,” said Director of Administrative Services Bob Vanzo. “Zipcar also adds to SIUE’s commitment to sustainability by decreasing emissions.”
Participating SIUE members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.
“The Zipcar program on campus will give SIUE students, as well as faculty and staff, the freedom of having a car without having to experience the hassles,” said Zipcar University General Manager Kateyln Lopresti. “We’re happy to partner with SIUE to help give their community a transportation option to fit their needs and their wallets.”
Zipcar has established relationships with more than 350 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at SIUE, please visit zipcar.com/siue. Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.
Zipcar is dubbed the world’s leading car-sharing network. It has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a global leader in car sharing and vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com