UC Davis

UCD West Village gets an electric Zipcar

Zipcar has announced it will park a 2014 Honda Fit electric vehicle at UC Davis’ West Village, the largest planned net zero energy community in the United States.

In the course of a year, the community is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes. The electric vehicle aims to help address one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions — vehicle usage.

“UC Davis and West Village are getting closer and closer to their goal of creating a net zero energy community, and our convenient, cost-effective and sustainable transportation option will be a key component,” Zipcar Sacramento market manager Chris Witmer said in a news release.

“With an all-electric Zipcar available by the hour, West Village residents can minimize their emissions without sacrificing their ability to do errands, visit friends or take other trips.”

In November, UCD announced that West Village fell just shy of its net zero energy goal, producing 87 percent of the power it consumed over a one-year period.

The new Honda Fit EV is parked at West Village Square, across the street from West Village’s other Zipcar, a Honda Insight, in front of the Hub Market. Both vehicles are available to all Zipcar members ages 18 and older for hourly reservations, starting at $8.50 per hour.

Zipcar has had vehicles at UCD since 2009; the company has nearly 40 vehicles in approximately 20 locations throughout the greater Sacramento area.

“As our West Village community reaches net zero building energy use, climate-warming carbon from vehicles in California still accounts for 40 percent of the carbon we emit,” said Dan Sperling, founding director of UCD’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

“Innovations like solar power to help generate the electricity needed to charge the EV, and fully zero-emission car-sharing moves us aggressively toward a sustainable future.”

Honda’s 2014 Fit EV, based on the five-passenger Fit, is rated at a combined fuel economy of 118 mpg, making it one of the most efficient cars on the road. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours and has a range of approximately 82 miles.

For more information, visit www.zipcar.com/ucd.


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