Zipcar, a leading car-sharing network, and Honda announced an expansion of their strategic mobility partnership. The agreement will add hundreds of new Honda vehicles to Zipcar’s diverse fleet, while focusing on supporting Zipcar’s university programme in California and the expansion of Zipcar’s successful service in Columbus, Ohio.
In Columbus, a first-of-its-kind exclusive Honda car-sharing fleet was launched, expanding Zipcar’s already successful programme in the city. Zipcar first launched in Columbus in June 2018. Under the latest expansion, 30 vehicles will be in operation at 17 locations across the city, including a new campus car-sharing program at The Ohio State University.
In California, Honda is Zipcar’s preferred automotive partner at schools within the University of California system and select campuses within the California State University network. Honda will offer special rates on Zipcar memberships to students on campus and special driving rates to Zipcar members who use the 145 Honda vehicles located at dozens of campus locations.
“Through our long-time strategic relationship with Honda, we’ve been able to offer our members access to high-quality vehicles and support a number of valuable mobility programs, including the two new initiatives we’re announcing today,” said Tracey Zhen, Zipcar President. “Honda’s focus on innovation and new technologies aligns well with Zipcar’s approach to providing an industry-defining, simple, indispensable product to campuses and cities. We’re pleased to continue working with Honda to bring Zipcar to more people in more places.”
“The growing Zipcar and Honda relationship adds convenience for urban mobility, providing more members with on-demand access to the right vehicle for the right trip at the right time,” said Steven Center, Vice President of connected and environmental business development at American Honda. “Honda has long been involved in the car-sharing industry, and we believe the expanded Zipcar program will help reduce emissions and city congestion, while providing a new level of freedom and personalization to members.”
Through the expanded partnership, nearly 200 new Honda vehicles will now be available to Zipcar members, including the Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Fit, Honda HR-V and Honda Odyssey. Zipcar and Honda announced their strategic partnership in 2012. Together, they continue to expand and test new cost-effective mobility solutions to help consumers get around easier.