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Oberlin College Partners with Enterprise to Offer Car Sharing

April 1, 2013
Communications Staff

Oberlin College is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to offer car sharing through WeCar by Enterprise for students, faculty, staff, and the community. As part of the Enterprise CarShare network, WeCar by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective transportation alternative. 

Registered members will have access to three fuel efficient vehicles, including a Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Escape. The vehicles will be parked at the Oberlin Inn located at 7 North Main Street, Keep Co-Op at 154 Main Street, and the Adam Joseph Lewis Center located at 122 Elm Street.

“We are excited to partner with Enterprise to get this car sharing program on our campus,” said Bridget Flynn, Oberlin College’s Office of Environmental Sustainability coordinator. “This initiative provides students an affordable, on demand transportation option, which is particularly beneficial to students who don’t have a vehicle on campus. In fact, we hope the program will reduce the need for cars on campus and contribute to our sustainability efforts by reducing the number of cars and the demand for parking spaces on campus.” 

Individuals 18 and older are eligible for membership in WeCar, which offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily and overnight rentals. WeCar allows members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when it is being used. Campus car-sharing programs are especially popular with students because they provide a solution to car rental age restrictions, as well as financial concerns associated with having a car on campus.

Members reserve a vehicle online, then access the vehicle using a membership card and return it to the same location. Fuel, basic physical damage to the vehicle and state-required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.

“WeCar provides students at Oberlin College with a low-cost, convenient transportation solution located right on the campus,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president at Enterprise Holdings. “Our Enterprise CarShare network offers a sustainable, totally automated and efficient mobility option that can help alleviate parking and transportation challenges at universities across the United States.”

WeCar by Enterprise operates car-sharing programs on more than 50 college campuses throughout the United States and Canada, as well as corporate, government, military and downtown programs throughout the United States. A Brand Ambassador Internship program is also being established at the college to market the car-sharing service on campus.

Oberlin College students, faculty, and staff with a credit card and valid driver's license can sign up for the program online. The Oberlin community at large is also welcome to use the program. Organizations interested in WeCar can learn more at the website, and additional information about WeCar is available by following @WeCar on Twitter.  

 

About WeCar by Enterprise

St. Louis based Enterprise Holdings owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand and the Enterprise CarShare network, which includes WeCar by Enterprise. Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched local car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized service in communities.  In 2011, Enterprise Holdings entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. Today, Enterprise CarShare offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives.

 

For More Information Contact:

Greg Phillips, Enterprise Holdings

314-512-5443                                                                     

Gregory.d.phillips@ehi.com                                                

 

Bridget Flynn, Oberlin College

440-775-6345

Bridget.Flynn@oberlin.edu

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