Zipcar to a New Zip Code: The World’s Leading Car Sharing Network Comes to Charleston

What do cities such as New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco have in common with Charleston? Each one is now home to the world’s leading car sharing network, Zipcar.

Zipcar arrived in Charleston earlier this month, parking three cars on the peninsula for students and residents to use at their own convenience. Two of the shareable cars can be found in the parking garage at 930 Nomo at 930 Morrison Drive, while the other car will remain at the Charleston International Airport. The cars can be found in parking spaces indicated by green signs reading: “Zipcars live here.”

Zipcars can be reserved quickly by going online or by using their mobile app, pictured here. (Photo courtesy of Zipcar)

Zipcars can be reserved quickly by going online or by using their mobile app, pictured here. (Photo courtesy of Zipcar)

After paying a membership fee of $15.00, College of Charleston students may begin using the vehicles 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with rates starting at $7.50 per hour or $69.00 per day. These fees cover fuel, car insurance and up to 180 miles of travel per day. All students must do in order to reserve a vehicle is simply reserve the car on Zipcar’s website, or by using the Zipcar app on a mobile device. Although the cars must be returned by the end of the reservation, students may be extend their reservations online providing no additional reservation has been made immediately following their own.

The College of Charleston has joined over 500 colleges and universities worldwide in welcoming Zipcar in an attempt to ease the strain put on commuter students by providing alternative means of transportation. In addition, according to the Zipcar website, their car sharing practice reduces the demand for on-campus parking as well as cutting down the carbon footprint left by motorists, with case studies conducted by Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts all supporting these claims.

CisternYard News reached out to Zipcar public relations specialist Katelyn Chesley on their recent arrival in Charleston, SC. “Typically, we tend to first launch at universities or colleges, where there are dense populations to help students by offering a more affordable transport solution,” informed Chesley on the subject of Zipcar’s selection of Charleston, “in addition to member feedback being considered when we select locations.” According to Chesley, being able to have access to over 10,000 vehicles in hundreds of cities globally is one of the most exciting reasons to join Zipcar.

Zipcar has come to the College of Charleston, making it one of the 100 colleges and universities that Zipcar plans to add to its membership in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Zipcar)

Zipcar has come to the College of Charleston, making it one of the 100 colleges and universities that Zipcar plans to add to its membership in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Zipcar)

“We offer universal membership and have over 900,000 members worldwide,” stated Chesley.

The world’s leading car share program is very excited to have begun its journey in the Holy City, as the cars now await students in need of personal transport.

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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”


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