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Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV

"As the operator of the largest connected vehicle network in the world, Zipcar is committed to taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach to EVs.  Given Toyota's long standing commitment to hybrid and plug-in vehicle technologies, they are an ideal partner for this project.  We are dedicated to embracing cutting-edge vehicle technology in a strategic way, and in a way that meets the standards of large scale, multi-city, multi-country car sharing," said Scott Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Zipcar.  "Zipcar is an ideal test bed for early consumer acceptance of EVs.  This project will allow companies to receive direct feedback from thousands of consumers in three cities and help evaluate how EVs fit into a large-scale car sharing model."

The Prius PHV is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can be charged from a standard 110-volt outlet. The vehicle, which takes up to three hours to charge, can travel on electric-only power at speeds of up to 62 mph for approximately 13 miles, after which it shifts to operate as a conventional Prius hybrid, averaging an estimated 50 miles per gallon.  This makes the PHV model ideal for car sharing, as members are assured that the car can go the distance, no matter the charge when they pick it up.  Because many trips taken by Zipcar members are fewer than 13 miles, many PHV trips will be emission-free.  With the Prius PHV, Zipcar members can rely on the electric charge for shorter trips, but rest assured they have back-up for longer road trips or for use between charges.

"The PHV demonstration program is designed to gather real-world driving data and customer feedback on plug-in hybrid technology, and we're excited to be working with Zipcar to further test how this technology could have even greater environmental impact by fitting into the car sharing model," said Mary Nickerson, national manager, advanced technology vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  "This program will help us to educate and inform the public on plug-in hybrid technology, evaluate the performance of the vehicle under different driving conditions and better understand the benefits to future customers."

Zipcar has been a pioneer in using advanced vehicle technologies, being the first car sharing company in the United States to introduce electric vehicles into its fleet with the launch of Toyota RAV4 EVs in Boston in 2002, and the first to offer hybrid vehicles with the launch of hybrid vehicles in Seattle in 2003.  Zipcar currently offers converted plug-in hybrids in San Francisco and pure EV models in the London market.  Today, Zipcar offers over 1,000 hybrid vehicles available internationally, representing 15-20% of the company's entire fleet.

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  1. ZipCar’s PHEV San Francisco fleet will be located at Propark America garages (655 Beach Street, Parc 55 Hotel and Lake Merritt Tower) and will be charged by Juice Bar, Propark’s custom brand of electric vehicle charging stations.
    Propark is recognized as the parking industry leader in green garage sustainability and has just completed construction on the greenest parking garage in the world, Canopy Airport Parking at Denver International Airport.
    On February 14th Propark will be launching the largest ever roll out of Juice Bar’s (electric vehicle charging stations) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The installation of 18 separate charging stations will double the size of the charging infrastructure in San Francisco and will be the first Level-2 chargers in the City of Oakland and the first at Oakland International Airport.
    In conjunction with the mass EV charging roll out Propark will also be launching the first Green Garage Demonstrator sites in the Bay Area at the Beach & Hyde Garage in San Francisco and the Lake Merritt Tower Garage in Oakland.
    A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday February 14th at 10:00am at the Beach & Hyde Garage (655 Beach Street) in San Francisco.
    For more information on Propark go to www.propark.com
     
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  2. Another "Flawless Beauty", from the "RECALL", Manufacturer of the world. I wonder how many people will be electrocuted at sixty miles an hour before Toyota recalls this little gem.
     
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  3. Ace Parking Management, Inc. (a California Corporation) is one of the largest privately held parking companies in the country and the first parking operator to install level 2 charging stations in San Francisco. To compliment our client’s sustainability objectives and to further our environmental friendly practices Ace Parking is installing at “no cost” level 2 charging stations at our managed parking facilities.
    To learn more visit www.aceparking.com
     
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