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City CarShare Beats Its Own E-Goal

February 9, 2014 in Companies, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Shifting the Needle on Car Culture to a Healthy Mix’

San Francisco’s City CarShare, a non-profit organization, operates 430 vehicles based at 240 Bay Area locations, and is a year ahead of its goal of 50% electric and hybrid electric vehicles across its fleet.

Battery-electric Ford Focus operated by San Francisco-based City CarShare

Battery-electric Ford Focus operated by San Francisco-based City CarShare

“We accomplished our eFleet goal more than one year ahead of schedule because 70% of our vehicle purchases last year were EVs, PHEVs and hybrids,” says CEO Rick Hutchinson.

The City CarShare fleet includes the Toyota Scion IQ, Mitsubishi Miev, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, Prius hybrids and PHEVs, Camry Hybrids, the Ford C-Max hybrid, C-Max Energi PHEV and Ford Focus BEV, and the Chevy Volt.

A Fleetwide Average of 48 MPG

Grant money already committed is expected to lead to an additional six PHEVs and five battery EVs soon, Hutchinson says.

He notes too that the company last year we added three “AccessMobiles,” for a total of four, “which are the nation’s only wheelchair accessible carshare vehicles.”

“Additionally, based on our October 2013 analysis and EPA standards, our fleet averages about 48 mpg, which is twice the national average.”

“Carsharing,” Hutchinson says, “is shifting the needle on car culture.

Educating the Public About Plug-In Vehicles

“In areas where people have access to carshare services,” he told F&F, “there are many who now realize they don’t need to own a car in order to use one. This shifts behavior from a car-centric culture to a healthy mix of walking, transit-use, biking, and occasional driving.

“We’re proud to include EVs in our fleet in order to educate the public and provide hands-on experience with PEVs.” Hutchinson says. “City CarShare has had more than 1,600 unique individuals use a PEV through carsharing to-date.”

Greg Petters is fleet operations manager for City CarShare.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview

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