Car-Sharing ist gut in Deutschland!

December 28th, 2011

In case you’ve ever wondered what German university students think of car sharing (and, hey, who hasn’t?), check out this cool video we stumbled across:


I-GO CEO profiled in DePaul Magazine

December 19th, 2011

sharon_red_priusIn its Winter 2012 issue, DePaul University’s quarterly magazine profiles I-GO CEO Sharon Feigon. The issue includes a feature section dedicated to environmental coverage, so it’s appropriate that our local, nonprofit, progressively green org is in there, especially since I-GO maintains car locations on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus and near its Loop campus as well. It’s also fitting because Feigon earned her MBA from DePaul.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE »


CTA Approves Solar-Powered Charging Station for I-GO Electric Vehicles at Kimball Brown Line El Stop

December 14th, 2011

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has approved the installation of an I-GO Car Sharing solar-powered charging station for two electric vehicles at the park and ride lot adjacent to the Brown Line Kimball El station. This is the first solar-powered charging station announced on CTA property.

I-GO recently announced its groundbreaking electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to its fleet and 18 solar charging stations to provide clean power to its cars. Once completed, I-GO will have the largest electric vehicle fleet in the Midwest, and it will use more solar power to charge electric vehicles than anywhere else in the country.

“CTA has long supported initiatives that reduce emissions and promote sustainability—two main goals of the transit services we offer,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “Car sharing is a great complement to public transit.”

“I-GO is committed to being at the forefront of car sharing technology and sustainability, and providing pollution-free electric vehicles to our members is part of that commitment,” said Sharon Feigon, CEO of I-GO. “Our forward-looking public and private sector partners understand the value of clean transportation options and are working with I-GO to make them available to their customers and constituents.”

Each solar charging station will form a canopy that covers four parking spaces. The Kimball canopy will cover two electric cars, one regular low-emissions I-GO vehicle, and one spot for the general 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, which will power as much as 600,000 miles driven per year. As a result, I-GO and its members could save as many as 17,000 gallons of gasoline each year. The company 350Green will install the solar canopies. To see a rendering of the canopies, visit: http://igocars.org/2011/11/30/solar-canopies/

Today’s announcement marks the latest effort by CTA to promote car-sharing services as a complement to public transit. In 2009, the CTA and I-GO began offering a joint smart card 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.

In addition to the new CTA location at the Kimball Brown Line stop, the other solar canopy locations include:

  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5516 N. Clark
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5343 N. Broadway
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 101 W. 87th Street
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 438 W. Madison, 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 at 1401 West Devon
  • Illinois Institute of Technology at 3201 S. State Street

Formed in 2002, I-GO has 15,000 members and more than 200 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. To join I-GO, visit igocars.org.


Join I-GO for less this holiday season!

December 2nd, 2011

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Give yourself a gift that keeps on giving in the form of transportation savings and environmental benefits: an I-GO Car Sharing membership!

Now through December 31, we’re offering a special holiday discount on I-GO membership. Join for just $25 AND get $25 in free driving.* That’s like getting I-GO at a net-zero rate! It seems fitting to us since, by reducing car ownership and tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions, I-GO encourages a carbon-offset net-zero lifestyle. Go green for the holidays and save yourself some green at the same time!

To redeem this festive offer, simply enter the promo code HOLIDAY2011 in the Promotions section on our online application form.

Happy holidays from I-GO, Chicago’s hometown nonprofit car-sharing organization!

 
* Driving credit must be redeemed within 30 days of membership activation.


Chicago Tribune covers I-GO’s solar-powered EV project

November 30th, 2011

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Today’s Chicago Tribune includes a report on I-GO’s groundbreaking $2.5 million electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to the I-GO fleet.

“Once completed,” writes reporter Julie Wernau, “I-GO will have the largest electric vehicle fleet in the Midwest, and it will use more solar power to charge electric vehicles than anywhere else in the country.”

READ THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARTICLE »


I-GO Launches Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Project

November 30th, 2011

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I-GO Car Sharing Launches Groundbreaking Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Project

Will Become National Leader in Using Clean Solar Power to Charge Its Electric Fleet

CHICAGO (November 30, 2011)— I-GO Car Sharing, Chicago’s nonprofit car sharing organization, has launched a $2.5 million electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to its fleet and 18 solar charging stations providing clean power to its cars. Once completed, I-GO will have the largest electric vehicle fleet in the Midwest, and it will use more solar power to charge electric vehicles than anywhere else in the country.

“I-GO is committed to being at the forefront of car sharing technology and sustainability, and providing pollution-free electric vehicles to our members is part of that commitment,” said Sharon Feigon, CEO of I-GO “Our forward-looking public and private sector partners understand the value of clean transportation options and are working with I-GO to make them available to their customers and constituents.”

I-GO is today announcing the locations of 11 solar-powered charging stations throughout the Chicago region, including several JEWEL-OSCO stores, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Village of Oak Park, the City of Evanston, and Uncommon Ground restaurant. The remaining seven locations will be announced soon. The canopies will be installed in early 2012.

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, which will power as much as 600,000 miles driven per year. As a result, I-GO and its members could save as many as 17,000 gallons of gasoline each year. The company 350Green will install the solar canopies. To see a rendering of the canopies, visit: http://igocars.org/2011/11/30/solar-canopies/

“We are committed to serving our customers in the greenest way possible, and providing solar-powered electric car sharing is a fun and innovative way for us to achieve that goal,” said JEWEL-OSCO President Brian Huff.  “With I-GO and the accompanying charging stations, many of our customers who do not own cars will have a convenient way to take their groceries home, while also lowering their carbon footprint by using solar-powered electric vehicles.”

The solar canopy locations include

  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5516 N. Clark
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 5343 N. Broadway
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 101 W. 87th Street
  • JEWEL-OSCO at 438 W. Madison, 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 at 1401 West Devon
  • Illinois Institute of Technology at 3201 S. State Street

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

Formed in 2002, I-GO has 15,000 members and more than 200 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

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CONTACT:

Emily Robinson, Center for Neighborhood Technology, 773.269.4043, erobinson@cnt.org
Michelle Thoma, I-GO Car Sharing, 773-269-2212, mthoma@igocars.org

I-GO Car Sharing is dedicated to creating a robust and seamlessly integrated transportation system that is ubiquitous, convenient, and affordable for individuals, and provides the region with expanded economic development opportunities and exemplary environmental performance. I-GO is an affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). www.igocars.org/


More details on the I-GO holiday party

November 18th, 2011

I-GO’s Chicago Shares Celebration

The Merchandise Mart, 15th FloorThursday, December 1, 5:30-8pm

You already know about car sharing, but what about all of the other opportunities in Chicago to collaboratively save money and reduce your carbon footprint? Come to the “Sharing Celebration” to mingle with other enthusiasts, and explore a bounty of knowledge on this transformative sector.

Enjoy savory eats, festive drinks, FREE entry to the Mart’s One of a Kind Show and Sale, and amazing raffle prizes from:

Extreme Organizing, Green Home Experts, Joffrey Ballet, Hotel Allegro, Newleaf Natural Grocery, Painted Light Photos & Framing, Uncommon Ground, Bark Bark Club, El Cid, M2 Boutique, Katherine Anne Confections and more!

Bring your friends, family, and colleagues who want to join I-GO: The first 10 people to join at the party pay only a $25 application fee ($50 savings) and receive a bonus, $50 of driving credits!

Cost to Attend:

Free for I-GO Members

$5 – Friends, Family, Colleagues of I-GO Members; and Constituents of Sharing Fair Participants

$10 – General Admission

Pre-Registration Requested. Register Now.

The I-GO Team

Thank you to Merchandise Mart Properties, Sierra Nevada, Eli’s Cheesecake, Christina Frances Photography, and the One of A Kind Show for their generous contributions.

I-GO Chicago Shares Celebration Sponsor Logos

Thanksgiving photo contest!

November 14th, 2011

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Whether the holiday brings to mind pilgrims and Native Americans or gratitude for blessings in your own life, Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate community service. With that sentiment in mind, I-GO is holding a Thanksgiving photo contest for I-GO members and awarding the winner $100 in the form of a donation to a charity or non-profit org for which they volunteer. Simply send us a photo of yourself performing volunteer work for that organization, and I-GO will chip in with a token of our appreciation for your selfless effort. Deadline for entries is Wed., Nov. 23. As a community-based, non-profit service, we think it’s important to support and recognize community service of all types. And, of course, we’re thankful to have you as an I-GO member!


Orchard picking

November 10th, 2011

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Finding parking at shopping centers during the holidays can be exasperating. Not so for I-GO members headed to Skokie’s Westfield Old Orchard, which recently designated two reserved parking spaces just for I-GO cars. The spaces are conveniently located across from Toms-Price Home Furnishings, near The Cheesecake Factory, on the north end of the shopping center. It’s just the latest amenity in I-GO’s relationship with Skokie, which also has an I-GO car location across from Village Hall at 5156 Oakton Ave. (a red Honda Insight hatchback hybrid, ID# 4449).

From Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, I-GO members also get a VIP card with exclusive savings at participating Westfield Old Orchard shops and restaurants when they show their membership cards at the Westfield Concierge, located on the upper level of the Service Collection area between the play area and Champps Restaurant on the mall’s west side.

During this time, I-GO members who shop at Westfield Old Orchard can also enter to win a “Let’s Go I-GO” commuter prize pack featuring a $100 Westfield Gift Card plus an L.L. Bean tote filled with everything a commuter needs. Look for the entry form and contest drop box at the concierge desk.

Here are the participants offering VIP discounts to I-GO members:

  • Akira: Buy one, get one half off.
  • Aveda: Hair care consulation and sample of botanical-based products.
  • The Body Shop: $5 off $25 purchase (excludes charity items and the cost of Love Your Body card).
  • Clarks Shoes: 20% off any regularly priced merchandise, footwear and handbags.
  • CorePower Yoga: Drop-in classes – $14 instead of $19; 10 classes – $129 instead of $165.
  • Francesca’s Collections: 20% off purchase of $100 or more.
  • InStyle Salon: 20% off a haircut and blow dry (valid for first-time clients only).
  • Johnny Rockets: 15% off entire purchase.
  • LensCrafters: 25% off complete pair of glasses (excludes Oakley sunglasses and Maui Jim sunglasses).
  • Lord & Taylor: Receive a 15% Savings Pass on regular and sale-price merchandise.
  • Portrait Gallery from Bella: 20% off entire purchase.
  • Rogers & Hollands Jewelers: 20% off one regularly priced item (excludes JRS sales, watches and pink tag items).
  • Skechers Fitness: 20% off purchase in store.
  • Subway: Buy 1 regular 6-inch sub and 21-oz. drink and get 1 regular 6-inch sub free.
  • T-Mobile: 30% off purchase of 3 or more accessories; 20% off purchase of 2 accessories.
  • Wilde & Greene: 10% off entire purchase.

I-GO bringing solar-charged electric cars to Oak Park

November 9th, 2011

Reports Trib Local’s Jim Jaworski:

“[Oak Park Village's board] approved a deal [Monday] with I-GO and 350 Green, a Los Angeles-based company that installs electric car recharging stations, which will create two solar-powered canopies to recharge vehicles. One will be at in the parking lot of Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and the other will be installed on North Boulevard between Marion Street and Forest Avenue.”

“Each station will have four spots, two for I-GO cars and two for the public. Members of the public can use the stations by signing on for a monthly membership with 350 Green or pay-as-you-go by calling a number listed at the station. Each canopy will have three charges that can replenish a vehicle in three to eight hours and one high-powered charger that can fill a battery in less than an hour.”

Read the full story here »