MCCA and Zipcar introduce new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids, charging stations, and priority parking in Boston Common Garage
The Boston Common Garage and Zipcar, Inc. introduced four new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids to Zipcar’s Boston fleet, as well as plug-in stations and priority parking for Zipcars and other hybrid vehicles at the Boston Common Garage.
The new “green zone” on the BCG’s middle level is part of an ongoing effort by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority(MCCA)—which owns and operates the garage—to create one of Boston’s most environmentally friendly public parking facilities.
The BCG’s new green parking area is branded and just feet away from the facility’s entrance and exit ramps. Signs from the Charles Street entrance will lead drivers to the area, which is restricted to Zipcar hybrid or plug-in, or privately owned, vehicles. In addition, the BCG is branding priority parking spots for hybrids near each of the garage’s four entrances to Boston Common. The charging stations were funded through a US Department of Energy grant.
Zipcar currently has four Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid vehicles available in Boston: two at Boston Common Garage, one at Post Office Square Garage and one on the Harvard University campus at Garden Street and Fernald Drive. The plug-ins are available to all Zipcar members ages 21+, starting from $11.25 per hour.
Zipcar was the first car sharing company in the United States to introduce electric vehicles, starting in Boston in 2002. Zipcar is also the first to offer hybrid vehicles through a partnership with Honda in Seattle in 2003.