(September 23, 2013) City CarShare to Host Interactive Exhibit and Free Electric Vehicle Test Drives at Second Annual Charge Across Town “EV Week 2013” in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO –– City CarShare, the largest nonprofit carsharing organization in North America, will be participating in Charge Across Town “EV Week 2013: San Francisco to Silicon Valley.” The three-city, five day electric vehicle (EV) exposition is designed to engage and educate Bay Area drivers about the benefits, ease and accessibility of EV ownership.

EV Week 2013 will showcase the largest selection of plug-in hybrids and all electric vehicles at locations across the Bay Area including: San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, Palo Alto City Hall Plaza and San Jose’s Santana Row. In an effort to educate the public about the benefits of electric vehicles, City CarShare will host an interactive exhibit with a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at Justin Herman Plaza. Additionally, City CarShare will be participating in the free ‘EV Ride and Drive’ where guests as well as current members can take the Innovative Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle (iMiEV) for a test-drive.

“A few years ago we pledged to convert half of our fleet to hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles by 2015,” says Rick Hutchinson, City CarShare CEO. “We’ve nearly reached that goal already, with 45% of the fleet consisting of these lower impact vehicles. By offering innovative and greener mobility options to individuals and businesses, City CarShare is significantly reducing CO2 emissions and gas consumption.”

On September 11, City CarShare introduced 30 Scion iQ EVs –all electric vehicles –with the launch of Dash, a program available at Hacienda Business Center in Pleasanton. This program offers short distance transportation options for commuters. Dash provides Hacienda employees who carpool, vanpool and utilize public transportation an additional resource for transportation once they arrive at work. With the recent addition of Dash’s Scion iQ EVs, City CarShare’s electric vehicle fleet is now comprised of 209 vehicles.

About Charge Across Town’s EV Week

EV Week is a project of Charge Across Town launched in 2012. A community sponsored event, EV Week brings together the EV industry along with local cities and municipalities, the business sector and community and non-profit organizations, all to see and drive the future of transportation. The event features electric vehicles which consumers can see and DRIVE (including urban cars, luxury sedans, car sharing vehicles and electric scooters), EV charging solutions, green car sharing services and new transportation applications. For further information about EV Week, go here.

About City CarShare

City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit, provides convenient, affordable access to shared cars in order to reduce individual car ownership and usage. By providing innovative and technologically advanced mobility options to members, we help to improve the environment and quality of life in our cities through the reduction of traffic, parking problems, and dependence on oil–while promoting cleaner air, quieter streets and more open space. 

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