IGO fleet enhancements with Enterprise Holdings Acquisition

May 29th, 2013

Official Press Release

Enterprise Holdings Acquiring IGO CarSharing in Chicago

IGO Fleet to be Enhanced, Now Part of World’s Largest Local Car-rental and Car-sharing Network

ST. LOUIS (May 28, 2013) – Enterprise Holdings has announced that it is acquiring the business of IGO CarSharing, a non-profit organization serving more than 15,000 members, with more than 200 locations in more than 40 neighborhoods. Established in 2002 as a pilot program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IGO was the first car-sharing program in Chicago and has been dedicated to creating an integrated multimodal transportation system for more than a decade.

The acquisition will close today; financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. Enterprise Holdings, the most comprehensive service provider in the car rental industry, operates the flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand as well as the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The company also offers Enterprise CarShare with a suite of products and policies specifically geared to the car-sharing customer experience.

“We have great respect for what IGO has accomplished not only in Chicago but in the car-sharing arena overall,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president of Enterprise CarShare. “And we are excited to leverage our local Chicagoland operations to make the IGO program even stronger. Our partnership marks a great opportunity to reinforce car-sharing best practices with the world’s largest local car-rental and car-sharing network.”

IGO’s services will continue to be offered under its current name as part of the Enterprise CarShare network, while Sharon Feigon, IGO’s chief executive officer, and her team help manage Enterprise’s newest car-sharing division and further enhance its local commitment. “The purchase of IGO by the nation’s largest car rental corporation validates our success in building a robust car-sharing market through the design of innovative alternative transportation solutions that encourage people to consider both their quality of life, as well as fiscal savings through car sharing, walking, biking and use of public transportation,” said Feigon.

“IGO’s influence on both a national and local level has demonstrated how the power of a good idea, one that allows people to do good while doing well, can transform the very nature of how people make daily decisions – specifically in this case how they can benefit from a combination of public and private transportation,” Feigon added.

Feigon and her team will work closely not only with Johnson but also with Jeff Wilder, vice president and general manager, overseeing Enterprise’s Chicago group operations. Enterprise is known for taking its time with acquisitions – including Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York and PhillyCarShare – and for ensuring that integrations take critical operational, financial and personnel issues into account. All of IGO’s current staff members have been offered positions.

“We’re proud to have introduced car sharing to Chicago, and Chicagoans to car sharing,” said Kathryn Tholin, chief executive officer for the Center for Neighborhood Technology. “IGO was started in an effort to provide economical, environmentally sound transportation choices, reduce car ownership rates, lower family transportation costs, decrease urban congestion and improve air quality in Chicago neighborhoods. It makes perfect sense for Enterprise, which began as a neighborhood car-rental company, to place such value on car sharing today.”

Transportation Alternatives Since 1957

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 – an early example of today’s “collaborative consumption” trend – now features a wide variety of programs, including car rental, car leasing, vanpooling and car sharing.

Even before the 2007 launch of its first car-sharing program, Enterprise provided hourly rentals to customers in large urban markets who rely on mass transit during the week or simply cannot afford to purchase or maintain a vehicle on their own. In fact, Enterprise first launched hourly rentals in Chicago in 2005. 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.

Because car sharing is a natural extension of the local car-rental service that Enterprise pioneered, the Enterprise CarShare team is able to quickly enhance and resize car-sharing fleets based on consumer demand and community needs. Furthermore, the Enterprise team continues to aggressively look for opportunities to expand its car-sharing program on university campuses, corporate complexes and in retail spaces. In addition, Enterprise CarShare is introducing a new national marketing campaign that includes print, digital and social media as well as transit advertising and street teams.

“We understand what it takes to run a successful and sustainable car-rental operation in a highly competitive marketplace,” Johnson noted. “With Enterprise’s industry leadership and strength, IGO will be able to quickly ramp up with a newer and larger fleet while still retaining its values and personnel. This will mean even greater levels of customer satisfaction in terms of accessibility, pricing and vehicle options.”

Enterprise currently operates almost twice as many locations as its nearest U.S. competitor, with more than 5,500 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. “That means acquisitions like PhillyCarShare, Mint and now IGO are fully aligned with our grassroots legacy, sense of community and leadership role in serving as a sustainable transportation provider,” Johnson stated.

To that end, Enterprise frequently reaches out to organizations like the Electrification Coalition, the Corporate Eco Forum, the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative and the National League of Cities’ Sustainable Cities Institute – all of whom help broaden discussions about local mobility and the transportation value chain. Enterprise also is partnering with the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), which recently published a special report titled, “Next Stop, Innovation: What’s Ahead for Urban Mobility?”
For more information about Enterprise Holdings’ Corporate Sustainability Report or the company’s environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of its business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com.

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses – which include extensive car-rental and car-sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales – accounted for $15.4 billion in revenue and operated 1.3 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2012. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The company also operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global network of more than 8,200 airport and neighborhood locations.

Be a Buddy and Refer a Buddy!

April 30th, 2013

For a limited time, when you refer a buddy, both you and your buddy will each get $25 in driving credit. Everybody wins!

Here’s how it works:

  • Turn a friend, relative, neighbor, client, colleague or classmate on to IGO and both you and the person you refer will earn $25 in free driving.
  • Just have him/her include your first and last name or member ID on their online application, under the Promotions section, and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • There’s no limit to the amount of people you refer, so there’s no limit to the amount of IGO driving credit you receive!

It’s easy to spread the word. Click here to let your buddies know about this deal. Rules and Restrictions here: http://igocars.org/how/referral.

Here comes the sun!

January 25th, 2013

Or solar power, at any rate. Construction began on IGO’s solar canopy at the Evanston Public Library on January 25, 2013. Once completed, the solar canopy will generate on average 30kW hours of electricity per day. The electricity will power IGO’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, making IGO’s EVs truly zero emissions cars. Excess power will go back to the grid. To bring a little sunshine into your life during these gray days of winter, try driving one of our EVs today.

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December 4th, 2012 declared IGO CarSharing Day by Mayor Emanuel

December 17th, 2012

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 was proclaimed “IGO CarSharing Day” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council of Chicago. IGO was further recognized for its “responsible and environmentally friendly business model…(and) great service…” The resolution creating “IGO CarSharing Day” was introduced to the City Council by 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti and 49th Ward Alderman Joseph Moore.

Alderman Fioretti announced the resolution to a gathering of nearly 400 civic leaders and IGO members and friends in attendance at IGO’s 10th Anniversary Tuesday, December 4th at the Chicago Cultural Center.

“We’re honored to have so many members and partners with us to celebrate, and we look forward to expanding to all communities with new offerings. Next year we’ll be implementing peer-to-peer carsharing and continuing to find innovative solutions to create a multimodal transportation system in the Chicago area,” said IGO CEO Sharon Feigon.

IGO’s many accomplishments over the years were lauded at the event at the Cultural Center, including:

  • Saving its members as much as $7,500 annually, resulting in cumulative savings over the last ten years of up to $500 million.
  • Reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles by over 250,000 metric tons.
  • Helping members give up or avoid buying a vehicle altogether, which has resulted in 11,000 fewer private cars on the road and untold savings of infrastructure costs. Seventy-three percent of IGO members report either selling a vehicle or postponing purchase of one as a result of becoming an IGO member.

In addition to being honored by Mayor Emanuel and the City Council, IGO recognized those who were instrumental to its success over the last ten years by presenting awards to:

Upon being presented with the IGO True Believer Award, Governor Quinn said “I AM a believer…I was present at the creation (of IGO).” Governor Quinn commended IGO for having a positive impact on the local economy over the last ten years, including for creating jobs.

“IGO has proven that addressing climate change can be done in a way that has numerous economic and social benefits. With extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, it’s abundantly clear that we have to continue to develop practical ways to reduce CO2 emissions,” said IGO CEO Sharon Feigon.

IGO CarSharing’s 10th Anniversary Gala a Smashing Success!

December 6th, 2012

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Over 350 people joined us under the beautiful stained glass dome of Chicago Cultural Center’s GAR Rotunda on Tuesday, December 4th as we celebrated 10 years of IGO CarSharing in Chicago. Attendees noshed on delicious food, drank, mingled with other environmentally conscious residents, and were merry beyond belief while celebrating IGO’s accomplishments over the years! Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti presented IGO with a City of Chicago resolution declaring December 4th “IGO CarSharing Day”, and during the presentation portion of the evening, IGO honored various organizations and individuals who have helped make carsharing in Chicago such a success.

Awardees included:

      Governor Pat Quinn: True Believer Award
      The Boeing Company: Innovation Award
      Chicago Transit Authority: Innovation Award
      Sidley Austin LP: Extra Mile Appreciation Award
      Ann Marie McManus: Jan Metzger Award for Community Sharing
      Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago: Jan Metzger Award for Community Sharing

Many thanks to all of you who have helped us get to where we are today and for those of you who celebrated our 10th Anniversary with us!

Join us for our 10th Anniversary Gala!

October 23rd, 2012


Join us as we celebrate a decade of carsharing in Chicago and continue the journey toward making it possible for Chicago-area residents to live well without owning a car. We’re proud of the work we’ve done over the last ten years, and we’re excited about the innovations we’ll be implementing in the future.

This exciting event is open to IGO members and non-members alike. All are welcome!

IGO CarSharing 10th Anniversary Gala
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
77 E Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601

Event Highlights

  • Food (vegan, vegetarian and meat options) and drink, silent auction and entertainment
  • An opportunity to mingle with a group of committted, environmentally conscious residents from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs
  • Participation by civic leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn (invited)
  • Presentation of IGO’s new Leadership Awards recognizing the organizations and individuals who have helped make carsharing in Chicago such a success
  • A look at the future of carsharing and sustainable transportation in Chicago and beyond

Tickets are available now at www.igocars.org/igo10. Early bird specials only available through November 9th, so don’t delay!

Hope to see you there!

IGO CarSharing Awarded FHWA Grant to Expand Carsharing Through Peer-to-Peer Program

August 13th, 2012

CHICAGO (August 3, 2012) – IGO CarSharing, Chicago’s only not-for-profit carsharing organization, has received a grant of over $700,000 from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration as part of its Value Pricing Pilot Grant Program. IGO will use the funds to pilot a peer-to-peer carsharing program in connection with its existing carsharing service. The pilot will be conducted in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Transportation Center.

Under a peer-to-peer carsharing model, individual car owners make their private cars available for a fee to others when they are not otherwise being used. Members who utilize the shared vehicles pay a fee by the hour or the day.

IGO will implement and study various models of peer-to-peer carsharing including solutions for low-density areas in which it is difficult to successfully operate traditional carsharing. Upon implementation of the pilot, IGO will also study financial benefits to participants and its effectiveness in reducing congestion and increasing air quality.

It is expected that peer-to-peer carsharing will have the same benefits of IGO’s existing carsharing program but on a larger scale. In its ten years of operation use of IGO’s services by members has resulted in over 9,000 vehicles being removed from Chicago-area roads. Additionally, IGO members save over $3,500 annually in transportation costs and report that they increase their walking and bicycling by 27% and 17%, respectively. Environmental benefits of IGO’s traditional carsharing operation include an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of over 45,000 metric tons.

“Over the past ten years, IGO has been able to significantly improve the quality of life for residents of the Chicago area through traditional carsharing. Adding a peer-to-peer program will allow us to ramp up carsharing—and its many benefits—to the scale necessary to better address the issues that threaten urban livability, sustainability and air quality,” said IGO CEO, Sharon Feigon.

UIC’s Urban Transportation Center will assist IGO in developing pricing for the service and evaluating the pilot once implemented. “This is a very exciting and groundbreaking project which could help to substantially expand carsharing in the Chicago region resulting in substantial cost savings to the public, increased use of transit, and spinoff environmental benefits,” said Steve Schlickman, Executive Director of UIC’s Urban Transportation Center.

About I-GO CarSharing

Formed in 2002 as a pilot program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IGO has 15,000 members and close to 300 vehicles in over 40 neighborhoods in Chicago and five suburbs throughout the Chicago region. Members pay for cars by the hour (around $8.50), and gas is included in the hourly fee (as is insurance). A typical IGO member spends about $2,520 per year on transportation, roughly $5,000 less than what the average American spends annually to own, operate and maintain a car.

IGO offers the Chicago Card Plus IGO card with the CTA. It allows a seamless transfer between public transit and an IGO vehicle. The Chicago Card Plus IGO card is the only one of its kind in the nation. Seventy-three percent of IGO members either sell a car or postpone a decision to buy one after joining IGO.

By serving its mission to help Chicago area residents to live well in Chicago without having to own a car, IGO saves its members money, helps reduce traffic congestion, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality and promotes healthy lifestyles and communities. To join IGO, visit igocars.org.


Michelle Thoma, IGO CarSharing, 773-269-2212, mthoma@igocars.org

Rosemont Engineering Firm partners with I-GO to reduce car fleet

August 13th, 2012

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Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) in Rosemont just got a little greener.

CBBEL has announced a unique partnership with I-GO Car Sharing, Chicago’s only local, non-profit car sharing company. CBBEL is the first I-GO corporate member to reduce its own vehicle fleet by more than 50 percent which is the largest downsize in a car fleet by an I-GO corporate member. The partnership also makes it possible for I-GO to expand its car sharing service to Rosemont, a brand new I-GO community.
“We are always seeking new opportunities to help reduce costs as well as be more environmentally friendly,” Christopher B. Burke, PhD, PE, D.WRE, President of Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. “I-GO is able to provide us a solution to our transportation needs while helping promote our environmental mission.”

From 6 a.m. every Monday until 6 p.m. every Friday, CBBEL employees in Rosemont use two low-emission I-GO vehicles as their staff vehicles to go to meetings and make site visits. Every Friday afternoon, CBBEL employees shuttle the same I-GO vehicles to the Rosemont Blue Station. This makes it possible for I-GO members who don’t own their own car (or who live in households with more drivers than cars) to run errands, visit family members, get their kids to soccer practice and more. Every Monday morning, CBBEL employees shuttle the I-GO vehicles back to CBBEL’s office on Higgins Road.

“I-GO is excited to be partnering with CBBEL to advance car sharing in the private sector while also increasing use of public transit by CBBEL’s employees. This is a great example of how I-GO Car Sharing serves as a cost-effective and environmentally-sound fleet management solution. As a result of this partnership, CBBEL will cut the size of its fleet in half while increasing its access to highly fuel-efficient vehicles for use by its employees. We’re proud to support CBBEL in its continued drive to be more sustainable,” said Sharon Feigon, I-GO CEO.

The partnership with I-GO is one of the many environmental initiatives at CBBEL. CBBEL’s ongoing commitment to sustainability can be seen in their numerous green programs such as a green roof and garden, bike to work program, electric car charging station and recycling and waste reduction programs.

About Christopher B. Burke Engineering

CBBEL is a full-service consulting engineering and surveying firm specializing in civil, transportation/highway, municipal, traffic, construction, water resources, environmental, structural and mechanical engineering. Their projects include such things as the engineering of bike paths and consultation on commuter transportation options. They also focus on minimizing the impact on the environment in their projects.

About I-GO CarSharing

I-GO, Chicagoland’s only local, non-profit car sharing company, was launched in 2002 by the Center For Neighborhood Technology. I-GO’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Chicagoland by reducing their transportation costs, relieving traffic congestion, improving air quality, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and making it possible to live well in Chicagoland without owning a vehicle. I-GO currently operates a fleet of 300, low-emission, hybrid and electric vehicles in 40 Chicago neighborhoods and 5 Chicago suburbs including Rosemont.


Susie Gura, Serafin & Associates 312-943-1955

I-GO CarSharing Becomes First Midwest Carsharing Organization to Add All-Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet and Announces Remaining Solar Canopy Charging Station Sites

March 27th, 2012

CHICAGO (March 27, 2012)—I-GO CarSharing, Chicago’s nonprofit carsharing organization, has added three all-electric vehicles to its fleet—two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and a Nissan Leaf—becoming the first Chicago-area carsharing organization to offer all-electric vehicles to its members. The addition of these vehicles is the first step toward completion of I-GO’s larger project to have 16 solar canopies that will supply solar energy to a dedicated network of 30 electric vehicle charging stations. I-GO’s electric vehicle network will also include six charging stations powered by the grid.

“We’re excited to be adding these vehicles to I-GO’s fleet, and to have finalized agreements for all 16 solar canopy electric vehicle charging station sites. This project exemplifies I-GO’s commitment to innovation in carsharing and to providing our members with the most fuel efficient vehicles available,” said Sharon Feigon, CEO of I-GO.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf are class leaders, having the best mileage on a charge at up to 126/99 miles per charge city/highway (MPC) and 106/92 MPC, respectively, according to the EPA.

These vehicles are available to I-GO members at the following locations:

  • Nissan Leaf at Jewel-OSCO at 2940 N. Ashland, Chicago
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Illinois Institute of Technology at 3201 S. State Street, Chicago
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV at I-GO’s headquarters at 2125 W. North Avenue, Chicago

I-GO is using a second Nissan Leaf as a fleet vehicle to efficiently service the entire I-GO fleet.

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Each solar charging station will form a canopy that covers four parking spaces and will be able to power two electric vehicles. Two spaces will be reserved for I-GO at each location, and the others will be available to the public. Each canopy will be topped with 44 solar panels, for a capacity of 10 kilowatts. In aggregate, the canopies will produce about 200,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough for 600,000 driving miles. As a result, I-GO and its members could save as many as 17,000 gallons of gasoline each year.

Once completed, I-GO will have a fleet of 36 all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles—the largest electric vehicle fleet in the Midwest.

The solar canopies will be located at:

  • CTA Brown Line Kimball Park and Ride lot, Chicago (newly announced)
  • Ravenswood Professional Building at 1945 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago (newly announced)
  • Greenleaf Art Center at 1806 W. Greenleaf Avenue, Chicago (newly announced)
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 3400 N. Western Avenue, Chicago (newly announced)
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 2940 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago (newly announced)
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5516 N. Clark Street, Chicago
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5343 N. Broadway Street, Chicago
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 101 W. 87th Street, Chicago
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 438 W. Madison Avenue, Oak Park
  • City of Evanston Municipal Lot #3 at 1702 Chicago Avenue
  • City of Evanston Municipal Lot #4 at 2122 Central Street
  • City of Evanston Municipal Lot #32 at 825 Hinman Avenue
  • Village of Oak Park lot in the 1100 block of North Boulevard, between Marion and Forest
  • Village of Oak Park Village Hall at 123 Madison
  • Uncommon Ground Restaurant at 1401 West Devon, Chicago
  • Illinois Institute of Technology at 3201 S. State Street (currently a charging station location)


I-GO’s solar-powered electric vehicle project has been made possible by grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Partnership, and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

About I-GO CarSharing

Formed in 2002, I-GO has 15,000 members and more than 225 locations in 35 neighborhoods and four suburbs throughout the Chicago region. Members pay for cars by the hour (around $8.50), and gas is included in the hourly fee (as is insurance). A typical I-GO member spends about $2,520 per year on transportation, roughly $5,000 less than what the average American spends annually to own, operate and maintain a car.

I-GO offers a joint smart card with the CTA that allows a seamless transfer between public transit and an I-GO vehicle. The Chicago Card Plus I-GO card is the only one of its kind in the nation. Seventy-three percent of I-GO members either sell a car or postpone a decision to buy one after joining I-GO.

In addition to saving its members money, I-GO reduces traffic congestion, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, and promotes healthy lifestyles and neighborhoods. To join I-GO, visit igocars.org.


Michelle Thoma, I-GO CarSharing, 773-269-2212, mthoma@igocars.org

Emily Robinson, Center for Neighborhood Technology, 773.269.4043, erobinson@cnt.org

VIDEO: I-GO’s 2011 Member Holiday Party

December 29th, 2011

I-GO Car Sharing’s amazing holiday celebration of its members took place Dec. 1, complete with a new themed name: the “Chicago Shares Celebration,” honoring our city’s emerging sharing economy. Revelers enjoyed savory food and drink, vied for sweet raffle prizes, and heard all about I-GO’s money-saving, eco-friendly accomplishments and big, bold plans for 2012.

As in the past few years, I-GO again enjoyed the generous support of the Merchandise Mart, which provided a lovely party room on the 15th floor (with scenic skyline views for the attendees to enjoy, no less) and offered our guests free entry to its One of a Kind Show and Sale. It was a great opportunity to mingle and take pride in being part of a progressive community.

Read one member’s close-up account of the party here.

A giant thank you to Merchandise Mart Properties, Sierra Nevada, Eli’s Cheesecake, Joffrey Ballet, Hotel Allegro, Christina Frances Photography, Flying Colors Media, and Bull & Bear, which kept the fun going with a festive after party.