Zipcar, a company that helped define the sharing economy, has released the findings of its 2018 Impact Report. For the first time, the report comprehensively captures key findings gathered over Zipcar’s eighteen years of mobility leadership. The findings, combined with objective third-party research, offer tangible evidence that car sharing continues to provide both members, and the cities they live in, with significant and distinct social and environmental benefits, at a time when new mobility offerings are on the rise.
These benefits range from fewer personal cars on the road, to less congestion, cleaner air, and more land for people, housing and open space.
'As Zipcar enters its 19th year of operation as the world’s leading car-sharing network, we’re proud to share more about our sustainable business model and the cumulative impact of our work in more than 500 cities and towns,' said Tracey Zhen, Zipcar president. 'At a time when new mobility solutions are arriving in cities, it has never been more important to remind our stakeholders of our track record, depth of experience, and direct results in reducing personal car ownership. We will continue to play an essential role in solving modern mobility challenges.'
After joining, round-trip car-sharing members drive 40% fewer miles than they did previously (reducing emissions).
Zipcar’s 2018 Impact Report also speaks to the importance of collaborative public/private partnerships, and the increasing mobility needs of non-profits, which Zipcar’s Grant Program aims to address in its mission to enable simple, equitable, and responsible urban living. In 2018, Zipcar awarded more than $100,000 in driving credit to 36 local non-profit organisations in several key cities where it operates, enabling these organisations to better achieve their mission through access to Zipcar.
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