The announcement was made during a Car Rental Show session titled, "The Convergence of Car Sharing and Car Rental," which highlighted the important role that the car rental industry plays in the evolution of urban mobility. The panel discussion included Enterprise CarShare's Kyle Sabie as well as three other industry experts and was moderated by Alan Woodland, executive director of the CarSharing Association (CSA).
The CSA is a global industry trade group with members in 11 countries. "We work closely with public transit authorities and city officials to serve as advocates for a portfolio of mobility options," said Woodland. "Enterprise CarShare is a well-established player in the industry and we're glad to have their help in expanding support for sustainable urban mobility in communities around the world."
Last year, Enterprise CarShare's Ryan Johnson also participated in a SXSW Eco panel discussion, "City Transit 411: Urban Myths & Urban Mobility," which likewise focused on the urban transit evolution. In fact, Enterprise has been delivering transportation alternatives right where people live and work since 1957. Forty years later, Enterprise Rent-A-Car trademarked the term Virtual Car®, after recognizing the strength and energy of local service, regardless if it is for an hour, a day, a week or longer.
This intuitive neighborhood business model now features a wide variety of programs, including car rental, car leasing, vanpooling and car sharing. Enterprise continues to lead the neighborhood market with both car-rental and car-sharing options, and is renowned for offering affordable, accessible and flexible service in towns and cities of all sizes.
"At its core, car sharing is a car rental transaction, whether you rent for an hour or a week, and whether you do it in person or digitally," said Sabie, corporate rental manager for Enterprise CarShare. "Car rental companies like Enterprise are applying the technology many of us associate with car sharing to make picking up a car accessible and seamless for anyone, not just car-sharing members."
Today, Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car network, which has more than 5,500 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. This neighborhood network uniquely positions Enterprise to give consumers, businesses and government agencies unmatched flexibility and dependability in meeting local mobility needs.
Enterprise CarShare is a cost-effective alternative to car ownership, an environmentally-friendly and hassle-free supplement to public transit and, since it's backed by Enterprise's award-winning customer service, it delivers convenience and reliability to members in select markets across the country.
Enterprise CarShare is available in more than 35 U.S. states, Canada and the U.K., on nearly 100 university campuses and through 40 dedicated government and business accounts. During the past year alone, Enterprise CarShare reports its membership has increased by almost 100 percent and that it has launched more than 30 new programs in North America.
Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago. Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise CarShare is available in more than 35 U.S. states, Canada and the U.K., on nearly 100 university campuses, 40 dedicated government and business programs and hundreds of business accounts across the country. Enterprise CarShare has a retail presence in several markets including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, Toronto and Washington, D.C. As a member of the CarSharing Association, Enterprise CarShare offers fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology's speed and economy to organizations looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives.