DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire -09/15/11)- Enterprise Rent-A-Car is providing 16 fuel-efficient Chevrolet vehicles, including the Chevy Volt extend-range electric vehicle, to Duke University students, faculty and staff through WeCar by Enterprise.
"It's another step Duke is taking to become carbon neutral," said Brian Williams, transportation and management coordinator for Duke. "We're a community that knows that programs like this save us money on the cost of transportation and keep our campus beautiful."
According to Williams, the new program gives Duke students and employees the chance to adapt to electric vehicle technology before most of the country.
"By leveraging the strength of our 55-year relationship with GM, we're thrilled that we are able to help the university meet the needs of their campus car-sharing program by bringing new vehicles, like the Volt and the Chevy Cruze into their program," said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president, WeCar.
WeCar programs are supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network of more than 5,500 rental offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. WeCar is a natural extension of the local car rental service Enterprise pioneered and continues to provide. The Enterprise location at 3616 Hillsborough Road in Durham is providing access to rentals for Duke employees and students.
"Enterprise has long-time relationships with manufactures, working with them to bring the newest vehicles and latest technology to our consumers, because we can provide the broadest exposure possible through our vast network. Duke is no different. Duke car-sharing members are the first in this area to have the chance to try out the new vehicle technology, and we are very excited to provide this opportunity for Chevrolet to gain significant exposure to its new vehicles -- and Duke to experience them," said Johnson.
"Chevrolet is excited about its partnership with Enterprise and offering students and faculty at Duke the opportunity to try out and drive gas-free in the Volt and experience the new top selling Cruze," said Christi Landy from Chevrolet.
For those at Duke who enroll as members, WeCar offers around-the-clock access to hourly, daily and overnight rentals. The 16 WeCar vehicles will be parked in several on-campus locations, including West, Central and East campuses, and at the Health System.
Members reserve a vehicle online, then access it using a membership card and return the vehicle to the same location where it was picked up. Fuel, Basic physical vehicle damage and state required liability and protection are included in the standard rate plan.
Enterprise has created a Brand Ambassador internship program on campus to market the car-sharing service. Duke students, faculty and staff with a credit card and valid driver's license can sign up for the program at www.wecar.com/duke. Additional information about WeCar by Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available by following @WeCar on Twitter.
About WeCar by Enterprise
The WeCar by Enterprise car-sharing program provides a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched hourly car rentals in 2005 and local car sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized service in communities. Today, Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar program offers fuel efficient, hybrid and plug-in vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology's speed, efficiency and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. Supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car network of locations, the WeCar program is able to build on Enterprise's well-established Virtual Car® rental service and its track record for making local car rental convenient and affordable for those who prefer to "buy for the need and rent for the exception." In addition, WeCar car sharing complements Enterprise Rideshare, which serves both individual vanpool groups and large employer work sites, and together the two programs help customers reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
St. Louis based-Enterprise Holdings owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand and the WeCar program. With annual revenues of $12.6 billion and more than 68,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also operates, through its regional subsidiaries, more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest and most comprehensive car rental service provider in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. For more information about Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar program, visit www.wecar.com. For more information about Enterprise Holdings' environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of the car rental and car sharing business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com and follow @LeeBroughton on Twitter. This news release and other WeCar announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room.