American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and the leading car sharing network of the world, Zipcar, Inc., today announced that the company has become a Zipcar preferred vehicle manufacturing company with focus on electric and hybrid vehicles. The contract will provide Zipcar members access to the company’s lowest emission, most technically sophisticated vehicles, making an already transformational service even more sustainable. The contract will be including an expansion of the Japanese automaker’s Insight hybrid, an all-new CR-V compact sport utility vehicle along with the launch of Accord Plug-In Sedans, a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) version of its best selling Accord Sedan and Fit EV BEV (battery electric vehicles) this fall, to select Zipcar locations beginning in early 2013.
The platform of Zipcar is ideal for the inclusion of these kinds of vehicles as it enables urban dwelling tech-savvy drivers to share those experiences with their networks and to get first hand experience with new technology. It also helps Zipcar respond to member preferences that consistently rank Honda cars as amongst the most favored. Mr. Scott Griffith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Zipcar stated that the future of mobility is being shaped by economic forces, evolving global and technology trends from increased urbanization to concerns about climate change to how the latest generation of drivers thinks about transportation.
He also said that with latest electric and hybrid vehicles of Honda they can help increase overall awareness of these exciting new technologies. Mr. Steven Center, Vice President at Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda said that the Japanese automaker offers the most comprehensive lineup of vehicles, which provide reduced emissions, enhanced pedestrian and vehicle safety and enhanced fuel efficiency, while creating a consistently high level of product value and quality. Zipcar is a car sharing market leader and is the best choice for Honda for showcasing their latest energy efficient transportation technologies, given their tech-savvy, connected and conscious members, the geographic reach of their operations and the strength of their brand.
The 2012 Honda Fit EV is based on the famous Fit hatchback, can fully recharge its battery in as little as 3 hours when connected to 240V circuit and targets an estimated 123 city mile per charge. The 2012 Honda CR-V offers comfortable seating capacity for five passengers and is at present one of the best selling compact sport utility vehicles of America, offering a more fuel efficient powerplant design with added functionality and standard technology features along with upscale exterior styling. It is now in its 9th generation and features a gasoline engine that gains enhanced fuel economy. The Honda Insight hybrid is a five-passenger vehicle that provides more features, enhanced fuel economy and a sleek, aerodynamically styled look.
Honda provides a diverse lineup of 11 trucks and cars, which include the compact Civic lineup of 7 individual models, the mid-sized Accord, Odyssey minivan and CR-V crossover SUV. It also provides a wide range of low emission and fuel efficient vehicles, which include Civic Natural Gas (compressed natural gas-powered vehicle), the Insight hybrid, CR-Z (sport hybrid coupe), Civic Hybrid, the forthcoming Fit EV (electric vehicle) and FCX Clarity (fuel cell-electric vehicle).
Zipcar is leading car sharing service of the world with around 8,900 vehicles and 673,000 members in urban regions and college campuses throughout Canada, the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom. It provides over 30 models and makes of self service vehicles by the hour or day to businesses and residents seeking an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.