No car? No problem

Chico State partners with Zipcar to offer by-the-hour rental service

photo courtesy of honda

Chico State University is opening its own rental-car business. Sort of. Through a partnership with Zipcar, a car-sharing service, the school will have five vehicles on hand for use by students, faculty and community members—by the hour or by the day.

The cars, three Honda Insights (pictured) and two Scion XBs, can be rented for anywhere from $8-$9 an hour and $66-$72 a day, the only catch being a sign-up fee of $35 for students, faculty and staff, and $75 for community members (18 and older).

“What’s great about this program is it offers the campus community the opportunity to learn the habit of using alternative transportation,” Halli Bovia, Chico State’s sustainability coordinator, said in a statement.

The vehicles are insured through Zipcar, which offers services on more than 120 campuses around the country. Chico State is the first in the CSU system to form such a partnership.