March 25, 2013

City Center Partnership Unveils ZeRover-New 100% Electric Powered Courtesy Shuttle for Downtown Business Improvement District

Unveiling Set for Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 am

Columbia, SC- March 25, 2013- City Center Partnership (CCP) unveils ZeRover, its new electric-powered courtesy shuttle for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID), Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m., at the City Center Garage (corner of Taylor & Sumter Streets). In addition to being environmentally friendly, CCP expects the ZeRover to save the organization $700-$800 per month on fuel, depending on vehicle usage and fluctuations of fuel costs.  There are 10 charging stations in the City Center Garage and a total of 24 in all of the combined city garages.

Funding for the City’s electric charging stations was obtained in partnership through Plug-In Carolina through a grant from the SC Governor’s Energy Office.

Remarks will be given by Matt Kennell, president and CEO of City Center Partnership and Mayor Steve Benjamin of the City of Columbia.  John Spade, Parking Services Director and  representatives from Dick Smith Nissan and Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. will also be there to answer questions.

About CCP’s Clean & Safe Ambassadors

CCP’s ambassadors, otherwise known as the “yellow shirts”, offer complimentary shuttle transportation to and from anywhere within the BID, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.  The BID is comprised of the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia.  Last year, the yellow shirts provided approximately

4,647 shuttles, and during the first 11 weeks of this year, they have already provided a total of 899 shuttles.  The clean & safe ambassadors also provide cleaning services such as litter and graffiti removal, and various beautification projects as well as providing public safety and public information.

About the ZeRover

The ZeRover is a Nissan Leaf ("LEAF" is an acronym for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car). It is a five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan and introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010. The official EPA range is estimated at

75 miles for the 2013 car. The Leaf is the world's best-selling, highway-capable all-electric car.  You can take a spin in the ZeRover by calling 803-309-7758.

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